Prithvi Shaw, a promising India opening batsman, has been suspended till November 15 for inadvertently violating the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) anti-doping norms by consuming an over-the-counter cough syrup in February earlier this year, reported The Hindu.
BCCI, through a statement, stated that Shaw’s urine sample taken on 22 February 2019 contained Terbutaline – a substance commonly found in cough syrups – which is prohibited in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances, reported First Post.
Shaw is suspended until 15 November and in the process he will not be available for the entire home series against South Africa, which begins on 15 September and ends on 23 October. In addition, the 19-year-old will miss the first Test against Bangladesh starting 14 November, First Post reported.
According to the statement “The BCCI is satisfied with Mr. Shaw’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr. Shaw’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV and, on that basis, has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with disqualification of certain results,”
“On July 16th 2019, Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. Shaw responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV but asserting that it was inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup he had taken for his cough,” the statement added.
Shaw released a detailed statement on his Twitter handle. While maintaining that he consumed the prohibited substance inadvertently via an over the counter cough syrup, Shaw wrote, “I accept my fate with all sincerity”. Shaken with the news of his ban, Shaw expressed hope that his ban will inspire other athletes to be careful about the drug they consume, reported NDTV.