After scrutiny of 275 samples by the BCCI, doping agency WADA has reported that apart from Yusuf Pathan’s dope violation, it was a relatively dope free year for the richest cricketing body in the world.
WADA report didn’t specifically name any player, but it was understood that Yusuf Pathan was the only blot on an otherwise clean sheet of BCCI. Pathan was handed a five months ban by BCCI, before IPL 2018.
According to the BCCI statement issued back then, Yusuf Pathan had "inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance commonly found in cough syrups". Pathan's backdated suspension was from August 15, 2017, to January 14, 2018.
While Pathan's is the only Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), there are also a couple of Atypical Findings (ATF), which indicates that there must have been some doubt about the urine sample of two players.
According to the WADA report, out of the 275 samples tested during 2017, 233 were In Competition (IC) testing while 42 were Out Of Competition (OOC). For 2016, it was former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who had tested positive during IPL but BCCI had then procured a backdated TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) certificate for the player and the case was closed.
In 2018, Punjab’s Abhishek Gupta was tested positive and is currently serving his suspension. The BCCI does not come under the domain of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and its testing is done by Sweden's IDTM (International Doping Test & Management).
The cricketing world also experienced a nearly dope free year with 389 cricketers being tested by ICC with only one positive result being of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Shahzad. Among 389, there were 149 In Competition Testing and 214 Out Of Competition (OOC), besides 26 blood sample collection.
(With PTI inputs)