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Punjab Cricketer Serving Doping Ban Named in Duleep Trophy Squad, Later Replaced

PTI | Updated: July 23, 2018, 10:48 PM IST
Punjab Cricketer Serving Doping Ban Named in Duleep Trophy Squad, Later Replaced

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New Delhi: In a faux pas, the BCCI has named Punjab wicket-keeper batsman Abhishek Gupta in the Indian Red squad for Duleep Trophy despite the fact that he is serving a doping ban till September 14.

The Duleep Trophy is scheduled to take place from August 17 to September 8.

In June, Gupta was handed a retrospective eight-month suspension for an "inadvertent" doping violation. The 27-year-old's suspension started from January 15 and will end on September 14.

Gupta had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance (terbutaline), which can be commonly found in cough syrups, the BCCI had said back in June.

Later in the day, BCCI issued another press release where they replaced Gupta with Vidarbha's Akshay Wadkar.

"It was brought to notice by the BCCI Anti-Doping team that Mr. Abhishek Gupta who was initially added in the India Red squad is serving an 8-month ban for a doping violation. His ban is set to end on the 14th of September, 2018. The Senior Selection Committee has reached a consensus that Mr. Akshay Wadkar will be included in the India Red team as Mr. Gupta’s replacement," the release said.

The selectors met in Kolkata on Monday to pick the squads for Duleep Trophy. Faiz Fazal will captain India Blue, Abhinav Mukund will lead India Red and Parthiv Patel will skipper India Green. Gupta has played six first-class matches, six List A games and nine T20s.
First Published: July 23, 2018, 8:38 PM IST

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