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Brendon McCullum Clears Air on Positive Dope Test During IPL 2016

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has cleared the air about a positive drug test he faced while playing for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016. The 36-year-old, an Asthama patient, had taken an extra dose of the medication for his condition due to excessive pollution in Delhi that led higher levels Salbutamol — banned substance on WADA’s list — which were found in his urine sample.

Cricketnext Staff |June 24, 2018, 8:05 AM IST
GL batsman Brendon McCullum hits a boundary during his knock of 72 on Tuesday. (BCCI Photo)

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has cleared the air about a positive drug test he faced while playing for Gujarat Lions during IPL 2016. The 36-year-old, an Asthama patient, had taken an extra dose of the medication for his condition due to excessive pollution in Delhi that led higher levels of Salbutamol — banned substance on WADA’s list — which were found in his urine sample.

Talking to Stuff.co.nz, McCullum revealed that he had sought all the clearances to use the medication and the BCCI took help of medical experts to issue a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in his case.

"There was a bit of a process to go through to make sure they had all the information and ticked off the areas they wanted to see, but we went through it all and [the BCCI] were actually pretty good to work with, in the end," McCullum said.

"I certainly don't see it as a failed drug test. It was just a case of we just need to seek clarification and apply for this. I have no ill-feeling about [the process] and I also have no guilt or remorse about it because I needed a puff of my inhaler at that time," he added.

The issue had already been sorted by McCullum’s team of doctors and lawyers, but the swashbuckling cricketer felt it was only right to dismiss any rumours about doping.

"I've heard this sort of rumbling around in the background for a while and I actually said to my wife, 'I don't know why we don't just deal with this now, I've got nothing to hide and it is better off just talking about stuff rather than having other people talking about it'. Otherwise, it just grows and festers.

"As far as I am concerned it was just a matter of making sure we got everything signed off properly, rather than it being a failed drug test," he concluded.

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