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Cheating and disability sports: Blind cricket lacks doping controls

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This article is part of a ParaSport News series of articles looking at doping in the Paralympic, Deaflympic and disability sports movement.

Doping violations by sports since 1986.

Doping violations by sports since 1986.

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Among the 370 doping sanctions identified by ParaSport News in disability sports dating back to 1986, not one is for blind cricket.

Unlike deaf sport, intellectual disability sport, wheelchair sport, cerebral palsy sport and blind sport governed by the International Blind Sports Association, blind cricket’s international federation, World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC), is not affiliated with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).  WBCC is not formally affiliated with other WADA signatories including the International Cricket Council, the International Blind Sports Association or the International Paralympic Committee.  Such an affiliation would likely require them to comply with international doping rules.

WBCC also lacks their own internal doping control policies absent of WADA rules, and has no requirements related to doping controls for their associate members.

Some national blind cricket councils are affiliated with their National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) or their national cricket councils. Most do not.  This again leaves blind cricket outside the world of doping controls.

In Pakistan, blind cricket gets limited support for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with equipment, with awards and involve blind cricketers in some governance issues. As a member of their governing board, blind cricket nominally comes under PCB’s doping regime.  PCB limits doping though to the top-tier domestic cricket league; blind cricket and all other forms of cricket outside top-level men’s cricket are outside doping controls in Pakistan.  PCB and the ICC do not indicate any blind cricketers have ever been subject to testing or doping controls because of this affiliation.

India’s blind cricket organization is a member of the Paralympic Committee of India.  This brings them under doping control of the PCI, which has had its members tested and has had sportspeople suspended for failing doping controls.  There is no indication though that blind cricketers have been subjected to these controls and that any have ever been suspended for violating doping controls.  Indian blind cricket have been trying unsuccessfully for several years to become a Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) affiliate.  Should this ever happen, it would likely not result in changes related to doping controls for Indian blind cricket.  That is because in the past, Indian cricket has shown tremendous resistance to doping controls for privacy related reasons. It does not provide a huge incentive for the BCCI to give doping controls should they ever govern blind cricket.

In Australia, blind cricket is supported by the Lord’s Taverners Australia, which gets donations from Cricket Australia as a community affiliate.  This support is mostly financial, with AU$15,000 given to Blind Cricket Australia in 2014.

Blind Cricket South Africa (BCSA) is affiliated with Cricket South Africa, but Cricket South Africa only provides supports to BCSA in terms of organizing international competitions. BCSA has no internal doping controls and Cricket South Africa does not assist in this way.   New Zealand’s blind cricket council has no formal relationship with their general blind sport counterpart and is not affiliated with Paralympics New Zealand.

The data collected by ParaSport News for this report is available here for the benefit of other journalists and the sports community.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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