Bengaluru, June 7: Abhishek Gupta, wicketkeeper batsman of Punjab, has been suspended for eight months for doping violation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a media release.
Abhishek Gupta had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups, it said.
Gupta had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI's anti-doping testing programme during a domestic T-20 competition on January 15, 2018, in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. It is a specified substance prohibited both in & out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.
On April 17, 2018, Gupta was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge.
Mr. Abhishek Gupta registered with Punjab Cricket Association, has been suspended for doping violation. Mr. Gupta had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups: BCCI— Devendra Pandey (@pdevendra) June 7, 2018
Gupta responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV but asserting that it was inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of medication containing Terbutaline that had been prescribed for him by his doctor.
The BCCI is satisfied with Gupta's explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug.
Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Gupta's explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with disqualification of certain results.
Under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Gupta is entitled to full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since April 18, 2018.
In addition, because Gupta promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of Ineligibility to the date of sample collection (January 15, 2018).
The eight-month period of ineligibility will therefore be deemed to have started to run on January 15, 2018, so that it will end at midnight on September 14, 2018.