Doping is the word used in sports which refers to the use of certain performance enhancing drugs which helps the athlete to increase different physiological processes of his body in an indiscriminate manner. This is considered highly unethical in the field of sports, as a result, is prohibited and considered as a punishable offense by most of the International Sports Bodies.
In the historical sense of view, Doping dates back to the very creation of sports itself. In those times this was taken to be normal as the athletes used to consume the locally available herbal medicines, roots, raisin etc. All these were used as they helped them to perform better in their respective disciplines. But all of them were not available for all which created a sense of discrimination between the athletes. All that these drugs do is demolish the sense of fair play, deny a good competitive platform for sports as create health hazards for the consumer.
In cricket, Doping has also been in the limelight after a few well-framed cricketers were found in it’s grasp in the last few decades. The authority which is responsible for the regulation of doping-related issues is looked after by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from the year 2006 after ICC became its signatory in the same year. The implementation of the ICC Anti-Doping Rule was the first step of the cricketing world against the use of drugs in the world of sports.
The main objectives of ICC were to:-
- Maintain the integrity in the sports of cricket
- Protect the health and rights of all the participants in the sport of cricket
- Keep the sport of cricket free from drugs and doping.
As we passed these few decades of cricket there have been many good cricketers fallen prey to the nasty world of doping may be unknowingly sometimes. These must be taken into seriously and better measures must be taken by the International Cricket Council as well as the World Anti-Doping Agency to check any such incident in the near future. This will help us keep the game of cricket away from doping as well as provide a clean platform for the youngsters who join this arena in coming couple of years.