Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Enlighten Me Please

Just about 2 months ago the Caribbean Regional Anti Doping Agency (RADA) carried out drugs tests on 32 West Indies cricketers who were part of the provisional Stanford Superstars squad.

Xaiver Marshall along with another player from the Leeward Islands tested positive during those tests.

This news was made public and did the rounds around mid September. The substance, however, for which they tested positive was not disclosed.

At that time, Donald Peters, the CEO of the WICB, said that appropriate action will be taken against Marshall.

I never heard about the news again.

There was no inquiry.

There was no action.

There was no news about a fine or a ban or even about Marshall escaping punishment.

Then the Stanford Superstars squad was announced and Marshall was not in it.

Considering that he had hit the record number of sixes in an ODI recently, to me the only reason he didn't make Stanford's squad was because of the positive dope test.

But then the West Indies announced the squad for the 3 ODIs against Pakistan that start tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

To my surprise, Marshall was part of the squad!

He will most probably play tomorrow as well!

What happened to the positive dope test?

Was the test not accurate?

Was Marshall cleared?

What was the substance?

Did Marshall escape punishment?

What did the WICB do?

What did Marshall do?

What did RADA do?

What did WADA say?

What about the ICC?

Have I missed something?

Enlighten me please!

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  1. khansahab said...

    KARACHI, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is doubtful for the first one-day international against West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday after straining his calf muscle.
    Team officials told Reuters from Abu Dhabi that Akhtar had picked up the injury during nets and would have a fitness test before the match.
    “He is a doubtful starter as he is not in good shape,” one official said on Tuesday.
    The other two matches in the series are on Nov. 14 and 16.
    Akhtar returned to the team last month for a four-nation Twenty20 tournament in Toronto after spending nearly 10 months on the sidelines because of disciplinary issues.

  2. Wasim said...

    Good one Q, I completely forgot about it, If I am not mistaken the WICB didn't took any action against him on the pretext that he was not in the West Indian uniform at the time of offense and was practicing with the Stanfords eleven.

  3. Ottayan said...


    He must have appealed. I just did a search, as you point out there is no word after the initial report on the failed drug test. Curious. I demand to be enlighted.

  4. Anonymous said...

    Shoaib Akhtar on one side and this guy on the other balances out the equation, no? But seriously what else can you expect from WICB, there inter-island rivilary and one-upmanship has completely destroyed cricket as we knew it from the 80's & 90's .

  5. Wasim said...


    WICB never filed a case against him, nobody knows what drugs he used, WICB let him off the hook by just saying he was not in Windies uniform at the time of the incident.

  6. Q said...

    I do to Ott!

    Wasim, if that was the case then why didn't WADA do anything? Cos the RADA definitely come under them, dont they?

  7. Q said...

    Anonymous - Shoaib Akhtar has passed the last few drugs tests he has taken...

  8. Wasim said...


    Not all the boards have ratified Wada most of them still follow the ICC rules and ICC rules only cover events organized by itself and its associates. Stanfords is a private league.

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