Indian cricket player Yusuf Pathan had been banned for five months as he has failed a dope test for a domestic match last season. The all-rounder had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance namely Terbutaline. It can be commonly found in cough syrups. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also confirmed that Pathan was tested positive during a domestic T-20 match in March last year. "Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI's anti-doping testing programme during a domestic T-20 competition on 16th March 2017 in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances," the BCCI said. Pathan responded to the charges by admitting that he had ingested a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the prescribed medication. However, BCCI was satisfied with his explanation that he had not consumed the banned substance to enhance his performance. "The BCCI is satisfied with Pathan's explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Pathan's explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results," the board added. The five-month period of ineligibility is to end this weekend as it had been processed since August 15, 2017, until midnight of January 14, 2018. "Under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Pathan is entitled to the full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since 28 October 2017. In addition, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start date of the period of ineligibility still further on account of Pathan's prompt admission of his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, and under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.1 on account of the delays in the results management in this case that are not attributable to Pathan," the board concluded.
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