The former Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has been handed a back-dated five-month ban by the BCCI on the grounds of doping violation. On October 27 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of Anti-Doping Rule Violation(ADVR).
Yusuf Pathan was punished with the ban on Tuesday. The 35-year old was banned after he inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.The Baroda cricketer had provided an urine sample as part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's(BCCI) anti-doping testing programme during a domestic Twenty20 competition on March 16,2017, in New Delhi. His substance was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline, which is a specified substance and is prohibited both in and out of competition in the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) prohibited list of substances.
Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibition substance. Thereby, Pathan will be available for the Indian Premier League(IPL) player's auction on January 27 and 28 after not being retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders.