Cricket and doping

Hi Everyone

One of the main stories in Norwegian newspapers lately has been about Lance Armstrong and his use of dope. Or at least what seems to be use of dope. I know has not confirmed anything else, but with “all” his teammates doing so, well, I don’t want to speculate. Even a former Norwegian rider who used to be at Armstrong’s team has now confessed to have been doped.

What about cricket then? The noble game for gentlemen. You might think that these things would not happen here. Sadly the history of cricket is full of dark sides. Fraud and match fixing has been very much part of the game since early age. Surprisingly I haven’t written any blog posts about that. Maybe one of my readers would like to write one?

But this post is not about fraud. This is about doping. When I started my research on the topic, I honestly expected to find a lot of cases. But there are not that many. Or at least not that many that I could find.

The biggest one is maybe Shane Warne. He has long been known as one of the world’s greatest bowlers and for a long time held the record of number of wickets in international test cricket. In February 2003, just one day before the start of the World Cup, Warne failed a drug test, and was banned for having taken the drug diuretic. This was actually a drug that he had got from his mumto improve his appearance 🙂 He was given a one year ban from cricket. After this one year of suspension he came back even stronger. The morale of this story must maybe be; don’t trust your mum!

The other big one is the one against the Pakistani players Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in 2006. They were bought taken for use of the drug Nandrolone. Asif got a one year ban while Akhtar got a two year ban.

Indian cricketers have so far not been involved in any doping cases, as far as I have been able to find out. But there was a case during IPL this spring where Rahul Sharma was arrested for taking drugs. As I wrote in this blog post some time back, Mumbai police has enforced a very strict policy against what they call anti-social activities. Parties at posh hotels and night clubs are clearly rated as such activities.

With more and more money into cricket and young players becoming stars overnight, I would expect to see a number of stories like Rahul Sharma in the future. But regular doping? Not too sure about that.

Talk to you soon!


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