Anti Doping

Anti doping overview

The Code

The ICC became a signatory of WADA in July 2006. The ICC Anti-Doping Code compliant with the WADA Code ensures cricket plays its part in the global fight against drugs in sport. Through the adoption and implementation of the ICC Anti-Doping Code, ICC continues in its efforts to: (a) maintain the integrity of the sport of cricket; (b) protect the health and rights of all participants in the sport of cricket; and (c) keep the sport of cricket free from doping.

The ICC has several anti-doping functions. They include:
  • The Code
  • Whereabouts
  • Therapeutic Use Exemptions
  • Testing & Results Management
  • Education & Resources


The ICC has been drug testing at its events since 2002. In 2009, the ICC in its continued efforts to keep the sport of cricket free from doping introduced No Advance Notice Out-of-Competition testing. Since then players have been subject to No Advance Notice testing at any time or place and on any day of the year.

The ICC Code recognises and accepts that No Advance Notice Out-of-Competition Testing is at the core of effective Doping Control, and without accurate information as to a players whereabouts,such testing can be inefficient and often impossible. With that in mind, in August 2010, the ICC has established two pools of players (i) International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) and (ii) National Player Pool (NPP). Players in these pools are required to submit whereabouts information. Further details about the ICC whereabouts programme can be found on the whereabouts page of the website.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs)

Players may have illnesses or injuries from time to time, which require them to use particular substance(s) or method(s). If the substance(s) or method(s) a Player is required to take to treat an illness or injury happens to be on the WADA Prohibited List, the player will be required to apply for an exemption- this is called a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

ICC regularly stresses the importance of TUEs when players receive medical treatment. The Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) evaluates all applications for TUEs received by ICC. Further details on the ICC TUE Application process and the ICC TUE Application form can be found on the TUE page of the website.

Testing and Result Management

The ICC is responsible for designing and implementing a testing regime of international players at ICC events, Future Tours Programme matches and Out-of-Competition. In 2009 the ICC conducted over one hundred and seventy tests. Further details on the ICC testing procedure can be found on the resources page of the website.

The ICC with the assistance of the appointed Anti-Doping Boards also manages the results of testing (in and out-of-competition) conducted by the ICC. Further details on the ICC results management procedures can be found on the whereabouts page of the website.

Education and Resources

The ICC provides numerous anti-doping services to its Members. It believes that education and awareness on anti-doping matters will help further bolster the anti-doping movement in the sport of cricket. 

An online Anti-Doping Educational Programme has recently been developed by the ICC to assist Members in educating and raising awareness of anti-doping issues within their jurisdiction. Several other anti-doping resources such as the Anti-Doping Rules template and the ICC Anti-Doping Pocket Guide,have been developed and the ICC continues to develop resources to help Members create awareness and provide education on anti-doping matters.

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