The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). This landmark decision makes Indian Cricket’s governing body a sports federation as per government norms despite being financially autonomous. Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya, who along with NADA Director General Navin Agarwal met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri along with the Board’s General Manager (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim in New Delhi said that the Board has given in writing that it would adhere to the anti-doping policy of NADA.
Jhulaniya said, all cricketers will now be tested by NADA. The implication of this development is expected to be massive as BCCI now becomes a designated National Sports Federation and will face more pressure to come under the government’s Right to Information Act. The BCCI had been vehemently opposing signing up with NADA, calling itself an autonomous body, and not a National Sports Federation which relies on government funding.