Mumbai: Two players from each of the 10 participating teams would be selected at random and subjected to dope tests by the World Anti Doping Agency officials during the October 7-November 5 ICC Champions Trophy being played in India.
"This is the first time dope test has been introduced by the ICC in Champions Trophy. It had been done on a trial basis during the last World Cup in South Africa but officially this is being done for the first time at the top level," tournament director Ratnakar Shetty said on Friday.
"The testing would be at random decided by WADA personnel. Two players in each team can be tested and there's no specification on the number of matches during the tournament during which the tests would be conducted," Shetty said.
"Therapeutic drugs which some of the players might be taking should be informed to the International Cricket Council in advance. As far as the Indian team is concerned, all the players have been informed adequately on the issue," Shetty said.
Shetty said that the test samples would be sent to the nearest WADA-accredited lab in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The ICC has also introduced an insurance scheme for all the teams by which each player is insured to the tune of $300,000, he said.
Shetty said that all the six teams who have qualified for the tournament proper, including India, would assemble at New Delhi on October 8 and then would disperse to the respective centres where they would be playing their opening Cup ties on October 10 for preparing themselves.
"Practice matches would be allowed to be played only before their respective first Cup match and not after that," he said.
India, Pakistan and England would proceed to Jaipur while Australia, New Zealand and South Africa would come to Mumbai.
India would be playing only one practice match at Jaipur before their opening fixture (vs England at Jaipur on October 15) as the time 'was too short', Shetty said.
Australia, New Zealand and South Africa would play two practice ties each in Mumbai -- one each against the state team, and the matches are scheduled at the Wankhede Stadium and MIG ground in suburban Bandra.
"All the matches would be played as per the ICC Rules and Regulations," he said.
The other four teams who are to play the qualifying round from October 7-14 would be reaching India earlier.
Shetty said the organisation of the Champions Trophy would be a good learning experience for BCCI for the 2011 World Cup for which eight centres in the country would be allotted matches.
"The ICC's conditions for everything, including ground, player and media facilities, are stringent. We have to put everything on mail or paper. Nothing is left to chance as is common in India even though we have been conducting international cricket matches for ages," Shetty said.
"It will be a good learning lesson for us," he added.
Shetty also said all the four centres hosting the matches were ready for the event and "things are falling in place".
Cricket Club of India's Milind Rege, a former Mumbai Ranji Trophy skipper, said the members were eagerly looking forward to watch the matches being held under lights at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
"The lights have been tested and they are satisfactory. It is after 34 years that we are hosting international matches. We have hosted a few ODIs in between but nothing on this scale," he said.
New Zealand would play against Mumbai on October 11 at the Wankhede Stadium and then would take on Baroda at MIG Club ground on October 13.
South Africa would play against Saurashtra and Mumbai at the MIG club ground and Wankhede Stadium on October 11 and 13 while Australia play their matches against Mumbai and Maharashtra on October 12 and 15 at the Wankhede and MIG ground respectively.
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