ICC should be firm with India on doping: Morgan

Ranchi, Jan. 19 -- His hard-hitting and prowess as a finisher has helped England grow into a formidable one-day side. The Irish-born Eoin Morgan dismissed the possibility of the IPL encouraging doping because of its millions and the big sixes it demands.

"Doping is bad, but in IPL, maybe, the bats are getting better, the players are not (getting bigger)," he smiled, at a press conference on Friday. Morgan is among the few England players who feel he has benefited from a stint in the league. The Kolkata Knight Riders player wants to return in the summer if he is not busy doing national duty.

The questions were on doping and Morgan, who watched Lance Armstrong pour his heart out on doping to Oprah Winfrey, said the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) regimen, to which the England board is a signatory, was strenuous as the player had to update his whereabouts every time, but welcomed the monitoring to keep the sport clean.

But the influential Indian cricket board is not a signatory as it is opposed to the whereabouts clause, which it feels amounts to invasion of its players' privacy and may prove a security risk for them. Morgan was surprised the International Cricket Council (ICC) was powerless against India.

"To be honest, I did not know that BCCI does not follow the doping policy. It is up to the ICC to take a hands-on approach and enforce things so that it is a level-playing field."

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

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