The ICC is a Signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code). The ICC Anti-Doping Code (the “ICC Code”) is adopted and implemented in accordance with the ICC’s responsibilities under the Code and, as part of the ICC’s continuing 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. For the avoidance of doubt, the ICC Code reflects and supports the Fundamental Rationale for the Code, as more particularly set out in the Code.

 The ICC Code contains sport rules governing the condition under which sport is played. Aimed at enforcing anti-doping rules in a global and harmonized manner, they are distinct in nature from criminal and civil laws. They are not intended to be subject to or limited by any national requirements and legal standards applicable to criminal or civil proceedings, although they are intended to be applied in a manner which respects the principles of proportionality and human rights. When reviewing the facts and the law of a given case, all courts, arbitral tribunals and other adjudicating bodies should be aware of and respect the distinct nature of the ICC Code, which implements the Code, and the fact that these rules represent the consensus of a broad spectrum of stakeholders around the world as to what is necessary to protect and ensure fair sport.

As provided in the Code, the ICC shall be responsible for conducting all aspects of Doping Control. Any aspect of Doping Control or anti-doping Education may, however, be delegated by the ICC to a Delegated Third Party, such as a National Cricket Federation, however the ICC shall require the Delegated Third Party to perform such aspects in compliance with the Code, International Standards and the ICC Code.

When the ICC has delegated its responsibilities to implement part or all of Doping Control to the Delegated Third Party, any reference to ICC in the ICC Code should be intended as a reference to that Delegated Third Party, where applicable and within the context of the aforementioned delegation. The ICC shall always remain fully responsible for ensuring that any delegated aspects are performed in compliance with the Code.

Unless otherwise indicated, references to Articles and Appendices are to articles and appendices of the ICC Code. Words in italicised text in the ICC Code are defined terms. Their definitions are set out in Appendix 1.