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Last Updated: Monday, 30 October 2006, 18:40 GMT
ICC defends its anti-drugs policy
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed
We enjoy a positive relationship with Wada and look forward to working with it

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed
The International Cricket Council has defended its commitment to the fight against drugs after criticism from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Wada said the arrangements for drug-testing at the ICC Champions Trophy are inadequate.

But the ICC, which signed up to Wada's code in July, reiterated its zero tolerance attitude and insisted any issues were simply teething problems.

And it added that any problems had not affected the integrity of testing.

"These issues are logistical ones and are understandable given no infrastructure or culture of drug-testing exists currently in India" said ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed.

"When these issues have been raised with us we have worked hard to ensure they have been dealt with.

"I will also speak to Wada director general David Howman to see if they have any additional concerns we may not be aware of.

We've had a very bad time with the ICC

Wada official Yousef Hasan

"We enjoy a positive relationship with Wada and look forward to working with it towards the goals we all share, for sport to be drug-free.

"We're proud that, since we began testing in 2002, no player has tested positive for a banned substance at an ICC tournament."

Wada officials have so far taken 12 urine samples during the Champions Trophy, testing two players from each side in three matches: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, New Zealand v Pakistan and India v New Zealand.

"We've had a very bad time with the ICC," said Wada official Yousef Hasan.

"They've received a list of requirements about the facilities we need, but unfortunately what they provided us was not up to the standard."

Hasan said the ICC had not provided them with a secure place to store the samples of players.

Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif withdrew from the Champions Trophy after they tested positive for the steroid nandrolone in Pakistan prior to the tournament.

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