INDIA VETERAN Yusuf Pathan has thanked the BCCI for allowing him to plead his case in a fair and a reasonable manner after he was tested positive for a banned substance – Terbutaline.
The 35-year-old mentioned that he took a medicine, which contained the banned substance, only to treat his throat infection. As reported by Indian Express, Pathan expressed in a brief statement,
“I had received a letter from the BCCI on 27.10.2017, stating that I had failed a doping test for the substance ‘terbutaline’. The prohibited substance was detected in my sample because of a medicine that I was taking for a throat infection.”
Pathan stated that he will be careful with what he consumes in the future.
“Right from the first day I had full faith in Allah that I would be cleared of intentional doping. I have always competed in a fair and transparent manner. Competing for India and my home state Baroda has been a matter of immense pride and encouragement for me and I would never act in any manner to bring my motherland or Baroda, in any kind of disrepute. I would like to once again assure to the BCCI, Baroda Cricket Association and my fans and I promise to be more careful with what I consume henceforth. In hindsight, I should have been more careful and checked the status of the medications with BCCI’s dedicated Anti-Doping Helpline.”
He also thanked his family, team manager, staff and lawyer for their continued support.
“I wish to thank the BCCI for allowing me to plead my case in a fair and reasonable manner. I also wish to thank my manager, my support staff, my family as well as my lawyer Mr. Visushpat Singhania and his team for their continued support and faith throughout the case. I would like to thank the almighty Allah again for showering me with his mercy in these trying circumstances. I look forward to getting back to cricket post 14.1.2018 when my ban gets over, a sport which has given me everything in life and to which I shall be forever indebted.”
Pathan’s retrospective suspension ends January 14, this year, after the board accepted his plea that his violation was a mistake.
“Mr Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for a doping violation. Mr Pathan had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”