India news July 18, 2013

Pradeep Sangwan fails dope test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pradeep Sangwan, the Delhi and Kolkata Knight Riders seamer, has failed a random dope test conducted during the 2013 season of the IPL, PTI has reported. Sangwan's 'A' sample has reportedly shown traces of banned substances, the nature of which can only be confirmed after the 'B' tests are done.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has been informed about the tests by the BCCI, but any decision about the offence can only be taken once the results of the 'B' tests are available. Sangwan, is reportedly in the UK, undergoing treatment for a shoulder injury.

Random tests are conducted during the IPL, like in ICC tournaments. The BCCI, which doesn't come under the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) or the NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency), follow their own anti-doping procedures.

*AN Sharma, Sangwan's first coach, said the problem could have arisen due to treatment Sangwan was receiving for a shoulder problem. "I immediately called him up and Pradeep explained to me what had happened. He had acute pain in his shoulder just before the IPL," Sharma told Mid-Day. "Since he had no time to consult or visit the BCCI doctor, he saw a local doctor, who gave him an injection. There was instant relief from the pain thereafter and he also managed to play the IPL."

Sharma also said players needed to be more aware of the substances they take while injured. "We have to start stressing this point to the players to be very vigilant about what they are consuming and where they are getting treated," Sharma said. "It is very important that they understand what substances are being injected into their body during a treatment."

Sangwan, 22, played only two matches for Knight Riders this season and failed to pick up a wicket. He made his first-class debut in 2007 and has played 38 matches for Delhi.

* July 19, 6.30am GMT This story has been updated with AN Sharma's quotes

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  • Arjun on July 20, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    @kobester- that's a very important point you make, which is often ignored. Not just in the IPL, even in the past, some athletes failed a dope test, simply because their food or medicine had some steroids which showed up. While players need to be educated about banned substances and their reach in food and medicine, the BCCI and doping committees need to be aware of the same, and should be informed about the odd but likely causes of positive tests. Sangwan's been injured quite often, which explains why he's played so little cricket over six years, so repeated surgery and medication may have let this slip in.

  • Kobester on July 19, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    My first post here. As a doctor I can suggest a few things to people here. If he had a soft tissue swelling in his shoulder joint, which can be a common injury, he would receive a steroid injection in the inflamed area. So as a result, he may show a positive test for steroid (most likely cortisone). I would definitely wait until sample B is analyzed before I jump to any conclusions in THIS particular case.

  • Naresh on July 19, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Young guys like this should learn to be dedicated to their career. Just like at our past stalwarts - Sachin, Ganguly, Kumble, Dravid etc I hope he is cleared of any wrongdoing as India sorely needs a good left armer......

  • Rashmi on July 19, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    First No Cheer Leaders, 2nd No Late Out Parties, Now Dope Test are being Shared from the Start....Great Going BCCI

  • Ramakrishnan on July 19, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Why don't BCCI release the report once and for all after the B sample result instead of giving out an inconclusive report of the A sample?

  • Vishwaksena on July 18, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    cannot jump to conlusions on sangwan untill the B test results come .

  • Shiv on July 18, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Though it is yet to be proven he is guilty, anything that ruins the repute of the game should be dealt with seriously. Good job BCCI.

  • ESPN on July 18, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Wow.. There has been so many bad news for Indian Cricket During the IPL.. I hope everything goes smoothly from here though! :)

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