India Test batsman Prithvi Shaw has been suspended until November 15 for a doping violation.
The 19-year-old, who played two Tests for India in October – scoring a century and a half-century – was charged on July 16 after a sample provided back in February showed use of a prohibited substance.
Shaw was found to have Terbutaline in his system, with the Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) accepting his explanation that he had ingested it inadvertently via an over the counter cough syrup.
“On 16th July 2019, Mr. 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,” a statement on the BCCI website read.
“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. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.
“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.”
The ban has been back-dated to the date when the failed sample was collected and, after being adjusted according to BCCI regulations, Shaw’s suspension will run from March 16 to November 15.
Shaw’s sample was taken on February 22 and was then charged by the BCCI on July 16. He, however, played during the Indian Premier League for Delhi Capitals in May. Shaw has not played for India since his last Test against the West Indies in October.
India skipper Virat Kohli described reports of a rift with vice-captain Rohit Sharma as “baffling” on Monday.
Kohli played down reports during a news conference in Mumbai on Monday. Reports emerged in Indian media about a fallout between the pair during the later stages of the 2019 World Cup.
“I’ve always praised Rohit whenever I’ve had an opportunity, because I believe he is that good,” said Kohli.
“We have had no issues, right. As I said, it’s (reports of a fall out) baffling to be honest. I don’t who is benefitting from all of this. We here are living, breathing, working towards getting Indian cricket to the top.
“And here people want to, get some kind of pleasure in bringing it down. I don’t understand how that works. I mean you work hard for four years to bring a team from seven to one (in the Test rankings). And after four years what are we talking about?”
Reports emerged in Indian media about a fallout between Kohli and Rohit during the later stages of the 2019 World Cup. Also, Rohit – who is seen by many as a better white-ball captain than Kohli – recently unfollowed Kohli and the captain’s actor wife Anushka Sharma on Instagram, adding fuel to the rift reports.
However, ahead of the team’s departure to the Caribbean on Monday, Kohli insisted there are no issues between him and Rohit.
“In my opinion it’s baffling to be honest. Ridiculous to read some of the stuff that comes out,” the 30-year-old said in Mumbai.
“Here we are feeding off lies, we are overlooking facts, turning a blind eye to all the good things that have happened. And creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and we want to accept this is the truth.”
“I have seen this for too long now. It’s bringing personal lives into the picture. It is disrespectful after a moment.”
It is baffling to read (reports of an alleged rift). We are feeding off lies, overlooking facts & turning a blind eye to all the good things that have happened. It is disrespectful: @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/gl9oPm8veE— BCCI (@BCCI) July 29, 2019
Rohit scored a record five centuries at the World Cup while Kohli hit as many fifties as India bowed out of the tournament after a narrow loss to the New Zealand in the semi-final.
There was speculation that even the Indian board was considering splitting the captaincy between Rohit and Kohli. However, Kohli decided to play the entire tour of the West Indies and will thus lead all three sides. The skipper said the atmosphere inside the dressing room is as good as it can be.
“I have played the game for 11 years, Rohit’s played for 10 years, it’s bizarre that you know… this from the outside when the change room environment is so good,” said Kohli.
“Please come and see for yourself, how to talk to a young Kuldeep Yadav or talk with respect to a senior like MS Dhoni. We can’t show you a video.
“It baffles you as a leader, as a coach, and as a team when lies are being floated around. And they are made to look believable. We have had no issues.”
India’s tour of the West Indies starts on August 3 with the first of three T20s followed by three ODI matches and two Tests.