ICC concludes ?whereabouts? rules

The International Cricke Council’s new set of whereabouts rules have now been agreed by all Members and will come into effect on August 1. The rules, which implement the out-of-competition testing requirements under the ICC’s Anti-Doping Code, establish a two-tier approach to whereabouts filing, with the establishment of an international registered testing pool (IRTP) of players who will be required to submit their “whereabouts” information in accordance with WADA’s International Standard for Testing as well as a national player pool (NPP), for whom other “cricket whereabouts” information will be provided.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “After a long and thorough process, we now have a tough and practical set of rules that will support our zero-tolerance approach to doping in our great sport. We know this is a complex area for players and administrators and I wish to thank all our members for their willingness to find a workable solution."
He added: “All of us are now satisfied that we have a code and rules that will support out-of-competition testing and protect international cricket from those who wish to cheat. Our next steps are to educate the relevant players and administrators so that they understand their responsibilities under the new rules followed by ‘live’ implementation shortly thereafter.”

WADA Director General David Howman said: “The World Anti-Doping Agency congratulates the International Cricket Council for agreeing its new ‘whereabouts rules’.  It is another sign from cricket’s governing body that it is serious about protecting the integrity of the sport.  It will mean that the ICC’s out-of-competition testing programme, under which any player can be tested at any time, will now be strengthened and it is a good step forward for cricket.”

An overview and full text of the code is available at:

http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/anti_doping/overview.php.