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BCCI approaches Advocate-General for clarity on WADA clause


Posted: Aug 13, 2009 at 1754 hrs IST

Mumbai: The Cricket Board has written to Attorney-General Goolam E Vahanvati and former Chief Justice A S Anand to get clarity on the controversial "whereabouts" clause in WADA'S Anti-Doping Code that has been opposed by top cricketers.

"We have written to both Vahanvati and former Chief Justice A S Anand," Finance Committee Chairman Rajiv Shukla said after the BCCI's Working Committee meeting here today.

The Board, which has supported the players' stand that this clause infringes on their privacy, had declared after its Emergency Working Committee meeting earlier this month that the right to privacy was a fundamental right enjoyed by every Indian that cannot be taken away.

However, the Indian Government is a signatory to the WADA Anti-Doping Code and apparently fresh doubts have cropped up within the BCCI whether this stand was indeed correct. "The clause with regards to whereabouts is unreasonable", BCCI President Shashank Manohar had said after the August 2 meeting of its Working Committee.

According to sources, the BCCI was also trying to get clarity whether a government agency can force them to include the clause in the annual contracts it signs with its players. Eleven cricketers, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, have opposed the clause and have already missed the July 31 deadline to sign the Code.

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