7 Infamous incidents when cricketers were banned for doping

Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif

Lahore, PAKISTAN: (FILES) In this file photo taken, 23 February 2007, Pakistani cricketers Shoaib Akhtar (L) and Mohammad Asif arrive for practice at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore. Pakistan’s doping-tainted pace bowlers Akhtar and Asif on 01 March were ruled out of the World Cup in the Caribbean due to injury. Pakistan’s will play hosts the West Indies in the opening match at Jamaica on March 13. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

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The international governing body of cricket, International Cricket Council (ICC), provides numerous anti-doping services to its members. It believes that education and awareness on anti-doping matters will help further bolster the anti-doping movement in the sport of cricket. The ICC became a signatory of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) in July 2006. The ICC Anti-Doping Code compliant with the WADA Code ensures cricket plays its part in the global fight against drugs in sport. Here is a list of some famous cricketers who were banned for doping:

1. Sir Ian Botham smoked cannabis:

Sir Ian Botham
Sir Ian Botham. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

England’s legendary all-rounder was suspended in 1986 for smoking cannabis. The cricketer-turned-commentator admitted to the same during a newspaper interview, which led to him being suspended for two months. On his return to the sport, he took 2 wickets against the Kiwis early in his spell in a Test match to equal the then world record of 355 Test wickets which was held by Dennis Lillee. Sir Ian Botham continued to play for England till 1992.

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