ISLAMABAD  - Chairman Anti-Doping Organisation Pakistan Dr Waqar Ahmed has said Yasir Shah is in real trouble now and the crisis could have easily been avoided if Yasir had informed the ICC about the drug he was using prior to the test, or presented Therapeutic Use Exemption Certificate (TUEC) to the ICC.

Dr Waqar, who is also the Deputy Director General Rehabilitation/Treatment, Pakistan Sports Board expressed these views while talking exclusively to The Nation on Sunday. He said chlortalidone is mainly used for two purposes, a patient of blood pressure uses this substance, or a person having urinary problems used this substance, or the person had taken some high potency drugs and he wanted to hide the impact of the drugs he or she had used. However, he made it clear chlortalidone had nothing to do with enhancing the stamina of an athlete. “If Yasir had used this drug, he is guilty of breaching the WADA rules and could face two-year punishment.”

Dr Waqar said if Yasir had presented the TUEC certificate to the ICC, he could have easily avoided the punishment. “I am sure either he doesn’t have the certificate or he was not aware of the anti-doping rules. I am surprised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) doesn’t have any Anti-Doping awareness programme. They didn’t conduct such programmes so the players could learn more about the anti-doping rules.”

Dr Waqar also questioned the role of managers as they should have kept eyes on the players and should have informed players about the anti-doping rules. “Yasir should have informed manager or other relevant person, if he was having some medical issues and should have not hid the facts from the team management.”

“I strongly recommend PCB must start anti-doping lectures and ensure no such repeat of things in future, without awareness, players could fall pray in future too. If Yasir had declared prior to the test that he was using that substance on medical grounds and presented the TUEC, things could have far different. He could have enjoyed relaxation from Anti-Doping rules. But now Yasir is in real trouble, he could face at least two years or more ban. ICC would form a disciplinary committee, if the test was conducted in Dubai, the committee would work there, but it is up to the ICC, they could form committee in Pakistan as well and would call Yasir before the disciplinary committee,” Waqar concluded.

When this scribe contacted doctor Sohail Saleem and wanted to know what was the otherwise an army of PCB doctors doing, he refused to answer and said: “We will conduct a detailed press briefing today (Monday) and everything will be available to media.” It is quite clear PCB is in a fix and they doesn’t know what to do and are just buying time. Had PCB acted timely, situation could have easily avoided, now things are getting out of hands, just because of PCB’s sheer negligence.