Sangwan: Another controversy hits the IPL
NEW DELHI: Kolkata Knight Rider's left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan failed a random dope test during the 2013 Indian Premier League season, reports have revealed.
This makes Sangwan only the second player after Pakistan's Mohammad Asif to have tested positive for a banned substance in the six-edition old Twenty20 league.
"Pradeep Sangwan has tested positive for banned substances during this edition of Indian Premier League. The BCCI has already issued a letter to the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) in this regard. There have been traces of banned substances in his 'A' sample," a top BCCI official told news agency PTI.
It was presently unclear if Sangwan had consumed merely a banned drug or a performance enhancing drug.
"We will be able to know that only after the 'B' sample test is done. As you have seen the trend in other sports, the 'B' sample tests normally shows the trend of 'A' sample. One thing is for sure, the BCCI has zero-tolerance towards dope offenders. But at this point we can't comment about what action will be taken against the offender," the official added.
Sangwan, 22, played a key role in India's U-19 World Cup win in 2008 and plays for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. He has taken 123 wickets in 38 first-class matches and hails from Najafgarh, also the hometown of former India opener Virender Sehwag.
Although the BCCI does not come under the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) or its national equivalent NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency), the IPL has its own scheme of random dope testing during the tournament.
Sangwan is presently undergoing rehabilitation for a shoulder injury for which he had undergone surgery in the United Kingdom and was unavailable for comment.