Kolkata Knight Riders medium-pacer Pradeep Sangwan has been banned for 18 months from cricket after he was found guilty of consuming a banned anabolic steroid during this year's IPL by the BCCI’s anti-doping tribunal. The 23-year-old from Delhi has been banned with retrospective effect from May this year.
“The anti-doping case initiated against the player Pradeep Sangwan by the BCCI before the Anti-Doping Tribunal constituted under the BCCI Anti-Doping Code, was concluded on 1st October 2013, and the written Decision issued by the Anti-Doping Tribunal was received on 18th October 2013,” said a BCCI release.
"The Tribunal has found that the player has committed an Anti-Doping Violation under Article 2.1 of the Code for the presence of the Prohibited Substance Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.”
Sangwan’s defence as that he had consumed the steroid accidentally as a means of fat recition. He is only the second IPL cricketer after Pakistan pacer Mohd. Asif to be banned for an illegal substance.
"The Tribunal has declared the player ineligible for a period of 18 months, commencing on 6 May 2013 and expiring at midnight on 5 November 2014, from participating in any capacity in any event or activity (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) or competition authorised, organised or sanctioned by the BCCI or any of the other bodies referred to in Article 10.10.1 of the Rules," the BCCI statement elaborated.
Sangwan, an Under-19 World Cup winner in 2008, has taken 123 wickets in 38 first-class matches. He represented Kolkata Knight Riders in the last two IPL seasons.