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Anti-doping - an introduction

The ECB is committed to ensuring that cricket is a drug free sport. Anti-doping programmes across all sports are intended to promote ethically fair and drug free sport, with the aim of producing sportsmen and women who are competing and winning fairly.

The ECB works closely with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and the ICC to conduct a comprehensive anti-doping programme that covers education, testing and results management.

The ECB Anti-Doping web pages outline these areas, providing information to players and coaches on helping them make sensible, informed decisions about competing drug-free, their requirements to comply with anti-doping regulations and the relevant resources required to do this.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was formed in 1999 following an International Olympic Committee conference on doping that was held primarily in response to the revelations of the 1998 Tour de France.

This conference produced the Lausanne Declaration on Doping in Sport which recommended the formation of an International Anti-Doping Agency in time for the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Since then it has sought to globally standardise anti-doping policy, regulation and rules across sports organisations and authorities. The WADA code provides the mechanism for this harmonisation, supported by five International Standards and further models of good practice. The latest version of the WADA Code came into effect on 1 January 2015.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is a signatory to the WADA Code, and the ECB as a member of the ICC is therefore obliged to ensure that the ECB’s anti-doping rules are WADA compliant. As part of the UK Government’s funding structure for sport, the ECB is also obliged to meet the WADA Code requirements in order to be a recipient of any public funding.

Further information

Anti-Doping Testing

Recreational Drugs Programme


Nutritional Supplements

Prohibited List and Checking Medication

Therapeutic Use Exemption

WADA Code and ECB Anti-Doping Rules

Young and Recreational Players


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