A uncommon doping scandal rocked cricket on at the present time in 2006 when it emerged Pakistan tempo bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif had examined constructive for nandrolone within the build-up to the Champions Trophy.
Cricket on the time was thought-about a ‘low threat’ sport for efficiency enhancing medicine, with the Worldwide Cricket Council having solely just lately signed as much as the WADA code and simply 5 Check enjoying nations conducting their very own testing regimes.
On the insistence of the late Bob Woolmer, then head coach, Pakistan was considered one of them and the method yielded a pair of stunning outcomes.
For Shoaib, the quickest bowler on the planet, it was the most recent however not final in a sequence of incidents which marred an in any other case distinctive on-field profession. Asif, in the meantime, would find yourself higher remembered for his function within the spot-fixing ‘no-ball’ drama of 2010.
The constructive assessments got here throughout a turbulent time for Pakistan that had seen them forfeit that summer season’s Oval Check in opposition to England, having refused to take the sector following a ball-tampering penalty.
“It’s a bit like being in a hurricane, I think about,” mentioned Woolmer.
“We thought we have been already within the eye of the storm then this occurs. My feeling is solely that cricket is larger than all this and that is simply half and parcel of what occurs with folks in life.”
Each gamers protested their innocence of deliberate doping, saying that had as an alternative taken dietary dietary supplements, however have been handed bans of two years (Shoaib) and one 12 months (Asif).
They have been later acquitted on enchantment – a verdict challenged by WADA on the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport however in the end dropped over a scarcity of jurisdiction over an inside Pakistan Cricket Board matter.
Nonetheless, the duo have been omitted from the next 2007 World Cup squad on the day of departure for the event within the West Indies.