Pradeep Sangwan faces drug ban of up to three years

The three-man panel appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hear Pradeep Sangwan’s appeal against his doping suspension is likely to announce its verdict within the next 48 hours.


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According to BCCI sources, the video-linked appeal hearing lasted for about four hours on Tuesday.

Sangawan is believed to have accepted his guilt by saying that the doping substance Stanozolol was consumed ‘unknowingly’. The drug is an anabolic steroid commonly used as a performance-enhancer and is banned from use in competition. It is commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders to lose body-fats.

Sangwan was represented by his lawyer, Vidushpat Singhania. The BCCI was represented by its legal official Rahul Mascarahans.

A source said, “Sangwan is likely to be banned. The minimum punishment in this type of case is two years, but it is also at the discretion of the panel. The panel members have right to reduce the punishment depending upon how they consider Sangwan’s innocence about the effects of the drug.”

“In any case both parties (Sangwan and the BCCI) have right to appeal against the order at Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),” he added. “The BCCI has right only if the player is exonerated. However, that is unlikely.”

The panel consisted of two QCs from England and Spain’s Sports Medicine Expert, Jose Pascual who will deliver their result to the BCCI first before they in turn inform the player and his lawyer.

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