ICC agree new drug testing policy after India drop opposition

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The International Cricket Council's members have agreed a new out-of-competition drug testing policy that will be introduced at the start of next month.

The announcement comes after India reversed their opposition to the rule, which brings cricket into line with World Anti-Doping Agency policy. A two-tier system has been agreed, with an international registered testing pool of players required to submit their "whereabouts" information in accordance with WADA's International Standard for Testing, where athletes must make themselves available for one hour every day.

A separate national player pool, meanwhile, will be required to provide other "cricket whereabouts" information. The ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, said: "After a long and thorough process, we now have a tough and practical set of rules that will support our zero-tolerance approach to doping in our great sport.

"Our next steps are to educate the relevant players and administrators so that they understand their responsibilities under the new rules followed by live implementation shortly thereafter."

WADA director general David Howman praised the ICC for securing the new agreement. "The World Anti-Doping Agency congratulates the International Cricket Council for agreeing its new 'whereabouts rules'," he said. "It is another sign from cricket's governing body that it is serious about protecting the integrity of the sport."

Meanwhile, the former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has accepted the job of batting coach for the Afghanistan national team. Latif, who played 37 Tests and 166 one-day internationals, will work alongside former Pakistan fast bowler Kabir Khan.

"I am a cricketer and I see great potential in this Afghanistan team," Latif said. "There is great potential in Afghanistan for cricket to become a major sport and I want to help them out. I think Afghani players have the talent and will to compete with other Asian nations."

Afghanistan qualified for the World Twenty20 this year and are trying to gain full one-day international status. They are due to tour Scotland next month where they play one four-day match and two one-day internationals.

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