ARTICLE 10 SANCTIONS ON INDIVIDUALS

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10.2 Imposition of a Period ofIneligibility for the Presence, Use or Attempted Use, or Possession of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods

The period of Ineligibility imposed for a violation of Article 2.1 (presence of Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a Sample), Article 2.2 (Use or Attempted Use of Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method) or Article 2.6 (Possession of Prohibited Substances and Methods) that is the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person’s first offence shall be as follows, unless the conditions for eliminating or reducing the period of Ineligibility (as provided in Articles 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6) are met.
10.2.1 The period of Ineligibility shall be four (4) years where:

(a) the anti-doping rule violation does not involve a Specified Substance, unless the Cricketer or other Person can establish that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional;

(b) the anti-doping rule violation involves a Specified Substance and the BCCI establishes that the anti-doping rule violation was intentional;

10.2.2 If Article 10.2.1 does not apply, the period of Ineligibility shall be two (2) years.

10.2.3 As used in Articles 10.2 and 10.3, the term “intentional” is meant to identify those Cricketers or other Persons who cheat. The term, therefore, requires that the Cricketer or other Person engaged in conduct which he or she knew constituted an anti-doping rule violation or knew that there was a significant risk that the conduct might constitute or result in an anti-doping rule violation and manifestly disregarded that risk. An anti-doping rule violation resulting from an Adverse Analytical Finding for a substance that is prohibited In-Competition only shall be rebuttably presumed to be not “intentional” if the substance is a Specified Substance and the Cricketer can establish that the Prohibited Substance was used Out-of-Competition. An anti-doping rule violation resulting from an Adverse Analytical Finding for a substance which is only prohibited In- Competition shall not be considered “intentional” if the substance is not a Specified Substance and the Cricketer can establish that the Prohibited Substance was UsedOut-of-Competition in a context unrelated to sport performance. 


10.3 Imposition of a Period of Ineligibility for Other Anti-Doping Rule Violations

The period of Ineligibility imposed for anti-doping rule violations other than under Article 10.2 shall be as follows, subject to the potential reduction or suspension pursuant to Articles 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6::

10.3.1 For a violation of Article 2.3 (refusing or failing to submit to or otherwise evading Sample collection) or Article 2.5 (Tampering or Attempted Tampering with Doping Control) that is the Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPerson’s first offence, the period of Ineligibility imposed shall be four (4) years, unless in the case of failing to submit to Sample Collection, the Cricketer can establish that the commission of the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional (as defined in Article 10.2.3), in which case the period of Ineligibility shall be two (2) years..

10.3.2 For a violation of Article 2.4 (Whereabouts Failures) that is the Cricketer’s first offence, the period of Ineligibility imposed shall be two (2) years subject to reduction down to a minimum of one (1) year depending on the Cricketer’s degree of Fault. The flexibility between two years and one year of Ineligibility in this Article is not available to Cricketers where a pattern of last-minute whereabouts changes or other conduct raises a serious suspicion that the Cricketer was trying to avoid being available for Testing.

10.3.3 For a violation of Article 2.7 (Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking) or Article 2.8 (Administration or Attempted administration of Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method) that is the Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPerson’s first offence, the period of Ineligibility imposed shall be a minimum of four years up to lifetime Ineligibilitydepending upon the seriousness of the violation.Provided that:

10.3.3.1 an anti-doping rule violation involving a Minor shall be considered a particularly serious violation and, if committed by a Cricketer Support Person in relation to violations other than those involving Specified Substances, shall result in lifetime Ineligibility for such Cricketer Support Person; and
10.3.3.2 significant violations of Article 2.7 or 2.8 which also violate non-sporting laws or regulations shall be reported to the competent administrative, professional or judicial authorities.

10.3.4 For a violation of Article 2.9 (Complicity) that is the Cricketer’s first offence, the period of Ineligibility imposed shall be a minimum of two (2) years, up to a maximum of four (4) years, depending on the seriousness of the violation.

10.3.5 For a violation of Article 2.10 (Prohibited Association) that is the Cricketer’s first offence, the period of Ineligibility imposed shall be two (2) years, subject to reduction down to a minimum of one (1) year depending on the Cricketer or other Person’s degree of Fault and other circumstances of the case.
10.4 Elimination of the Period of Ineligibility here there is No Fault or Negligence

If a Cricketer or other Person establishes in an individual case that he/she bears No Fault or Negligence in respect of the anti-doping rule violation in question, then the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility shall be eliminated.

10.5 Reduction of Period of Ineligibility Based on No SignificantFault or Negligence

10.5.1 Reduction of the Period of Ineligibility for Specified Substances or Contaminated Products for violations of Articles 2.1, 2.2 or 2.6.

10.5.1.1 Specified Substances

Where the anti-doping rule violation involves a Specified Substance and the Cricketer or other Person can establish No SignificantFault or Negligence, then the period of Ineligibility shall be, at a minimum, a reprimand and no period of Ineligibility and, at a maximum, two (2) years of Ineligibility, depending on the Cricketer or other Person’s degree of Fault.

10.5.1.2 Contaminated Products

In cases where the Cricketer or other Person can establish No SignificantFault or Negligence and that the detected Prohibited Substance came from a Contaminated Product, then the period of Ineligibility shall be, at a minimum, a reprimand and no period of Ineligibility and, at a maximum, two (2) years of Ineligibility, depending on the Cricketer or other Person’s degree of Fault.

10.5.2 If a Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person establishes in an individual case where Article 10.5.1 is not applicable, that he/she bears No Significant Fault or Negligence in respect of the anti-doping rule violation in question,then subject to the further reduction or elimination as provided in Article 10.6, the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility may be reduced based on the Cricketer or other Person’s degree of Fault, but the reduced period of Ineligibility may not be less than one-half of the period of Ineligibility otherwise applicable. If the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility is a lifetime, the reduced period under this section may be no less than eight (8) years.

10.6 Elimination, Reduction or Suspension of the Period of Ineligibility or other Consequences for Reasons other than Fault

10.6.1 Substantial Assistance in Discovering or Establishing Anti-Doping Rule Violations

10.6.1.1 In any individual case where a period of Ineligibility has been imposed, the BCCI or Anti-Doping Tribunal may suspend a part of that period of Ineligibility where the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person has provided Substantial Assistance to the BCCI or the ICC or other anti-doping organisations, a criminal authority or a professional disciplinary body that results in the BCCI, the ICC or other anti-doping organisations discovering or establishing an anti-doping rule violation by another Person or that results in a criminal or disciplinary body discovering or establishing a criminal offence or the breach of professional rules by another Person; provided that if the decision to suspend a part of the period of Ineligibility is made after a final appellate decision under Article 13 or the expiration of time to appeal, then the approval of WADA and the ICCis required for such suspension.

10.6.1.2 The extent to which the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility may be suspended shall be based on the seriousness of the anti-doping rule violation committed by the Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPerson and the significance of the SubstantialAssistance provided by the Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPerson to the effort to eliminate doping in sport.

10.6.1.3 No more than three-quarters of the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility may be suspended under this Article 10.6.1. If the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility is a lifetime, the non-suspended period under this Article must be no less than 8 years.

10.6.1.4 If the Cricketer or other Person fails to continue to cooperate and to provide the complete and credible Substantial Assistance upon which a suspension of the period of Ineligibility was based, the BCCI or Anti-Doping Tribunal shall reinstate the original period of Ineligibility. A decision by the BCCI or Anti-Doping Tribunal to reinstate a suspended period of Ineligibility or a decision not to reinstate a suspended period of Ineligibility may be appealed pursuant to Article 13.2.

10.6.1.4 If the BCCI or Anti-Doping Tribunal suspends any part of the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility under this Article, it shall promptly provide a written justification for its decision to WADA and to the ICC. 

10.6.2 Admission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation in the Absence of Other Evidence

Where a Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person voluntarily admits the commission of an anti-doping rule violation before having received either: (a) notification of a Sample collection that could establish an anti-doping rule violation (in the case of an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.1), or (b) notification of the anti-doping rule violation (in the case of any other anti-doping rule violation), and that admission is the only reliable evidence of the violation at the time of admission, then the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility may be reduced, but not by more than half of the period of Ineligibility otherwise applicable.

10.6.3 Prompt Admission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation after being Confronted with a Violation Sanctionable under Article 10.2.1 or 10.3.1

A Cricketer or other Person potentially subject to a four year sanction under Article 10.2.1 or 10.3.1 (for evading or refusing Sample Collection, or Tampering with Sample Collection), by promptly admitting the asserted anti-doping rule violation after being confronted by the BCCI and also upon the approval and at the discretion of both WADA and the ICC, may receive a reduction in the period of Ineligibility down to a minimum of two (2) years, depending on the seriousness of the violation and the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person’s degree of Fault.

10.6.4 Where a Cricketeror other Person establishes entitlement to a reduction of suspension in sanction under more than one provision of Article 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6, before applying any reduction or suspension under Article 10.6, the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility shall be determined in accordance with Articles 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5. If the Cricketer or other Person establishes entitlement to a reduction or suspension of the period of Ineligibility under Article 10.6, then the period of Ineligibility may be reduced or suspended, but not below one-quarter of the otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility.

10.7 Multiple Violations

In determining whether an anti-doping rule violation under these Rules is a first offence, not only previous anti-doping rule violations under these Rules but also previous anti-doping rule violations under other relevant rules (such as the ICC Code) will be counted.

10.7.1 Second Anti-Doping Rule Violation

For a second anti-doping rule violation, the period of Ineligibility shall be the greater of:

(a) Six months;

(b) One-half of the period of Ineligibility imposed for the first anti-doping rule violation without taking into account any reduction under Article 10.6; or

(c) Twice the period of Ineligibility otherwise applicable to the second anti-doping rule violation, without taking into account any reduction under Article 10.6

The period of Ineligibility established above may then be further reduced by the application of Article 10.6.

10.7.2 Third Anti-Doping Rule Violation

A third anti-doping rule violation will always result in a lifetime period of Ineligibility, unless the third violation fulfills the conditions for elimination or reduction of the period of Ineligibility under Article 10.4 or 10.5 or involves a violation of Article 2.4 (Whereabouts Failures), in which case the period of Ineligibility imposed shall be from eight years to lifetime Ineligibility.

10.7.3 An anti-doping rule violation for which a Cricketer or other Person has established No Fault or Negligence shall not be considered a prior violation for the purposes of this Article.

10.7.4 AdditionalRules for Certain Potential Multiple Violations

10.7.4.1 For purposes of imposing sanctions under Article 10.7, an anti-doping rule violation will only be considered a second violation if the BCCI can establish that the Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPerson committed the second anti-doping rule violation after he/she received notice pursuant to Article 7, or after the BCCI made reasonable efforts to give such notice, of the first anti-doping rule violation. If the BCCI cannot establish this, the violations shall be considered together as one single first violation for sanctioning purposes, and the sanction imposed shall be based on the violation that carries the more severe sanction.

10.7.4.2 If, after the imposition of a sanctionfor a first anti-doping rule violation, the BCCI discovers facts involving a second anti-doping rule violation by the Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPerson that occurred prior to notification of the first violation, then an additional sanction shall be imposed based on the sanction that could have been imposed if the two violations would have been adjudicated at the same time. Results in all Matches dating back to the earlier anti-doping rule violation will be Disqualified in accordance with Article 10.8.
10.7.5 Multiple Anti-Doping Rule Violations during a Ten-Year Period

Any prior anti-doping rule violation shall only be taken into account for purposes of Article 10.7 if it took place within a period of ten (10) years prior to the anti-doping rule violation under consideration.

10.8 Disqualification of Individual Results Obtained in Matches Subsequent to Sample Collection or Commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation

In addition to the automatic Disqualification, pursuant to Article 9, of the Cricketer’s individual results obtained by the Cricketer’s individual performance in the Match which produced the Adverse Analytical Finding, all other individual results of the Cricketerobtained from the date that the Sample in question was collected (whether In-Competition or Out-of-Competition), or other anti-doping rule violation occurred, through to the commencement of any Provisional Suspension or Ineligibility period, shall (unless the Anti-Doping Tribunal determines that fairness requires otherwise) be Disqualified with the following consequences: (a) forfeiture of any individual medals or other prizes awarded; and (b) forfeiture of any official ranking points. The lack of any evidence that the Cricketer’s performance was enhanced during subsequent Matches shall not of itself be sufficient to trigger the Anti-Doping Tribunal’s discretion under Article 10.8.

10.9 Allocation of Anti-Doping Tribunal/CAS Cost Awards and Forfeited Prize Money

The priority for repaying Anti-Doping Tribunal/CAS cost awards and forfeited prize money shall be: first, payment of costs awarded by the Anti-Doping Tribunal/CAS; second, reimbursement of the expenses of the BCCI in relation to its results management in the case. For the avoidance of doubt, forfeited prize money will not be allocated to other Cricketers.

10.10 Commencement of Ineligibility Period

Except as provided below, the period of Ineligibility shall commence on the date that the decision imposing the period of Ineligibility is issued or, if the hearing is waived or there is no hearing, on the date the Ineligibility is accepted or otherwise upheld.

10.10.1 Where there have been substantial delays in the hearing process or other aspects of Doping Control not attributable to the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person, the period of Ineligibility may be deemed to have started at an earlier date, commencing as early as the date of last occurrence of the anti-doping rule violation (which, in the case of an Article 2.1 violation, would be on the date of Sample collection), taking into account any such period of delay. All competitive results achieved during the period of Ineligibility, including retroactive Ineligibility, shall be Disqualified.

10.10.2 Where the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Personpromptly (which means, in any event, before the Cricketer competes again) admits the anti-doping rule violation after being confronted with it by the BCCI, the period of Ineligibility subsequently imposed on him/her may be back-dated so that it is deemed to have commenced as far back as the date of last occurrence of the anti-doping rule violation (which, in the case of an Article 2.1 violation, would be on the date of Sample collection). However, this discretion to back-date is subject to the following limit: the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person must actually serve at least one-half of the period of Ineligibilitygoing forward from the date the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person accepted the imposition of a sanction, the date of the hearing decision imposing a sanction, or the date the sanction is otherwise imposed., This Article shall not apply where the period of Ineligibility has already been reduced under Article 10.6.3.

10.10.3 Any period of Provisional Suspension served by the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person(whether imposed in accordance with Article 7.7 or voluntarily accepted by the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person) shall be credited against the total period of Ineligibilitythat may be ultimately imposed If the period of Ineligibility is served prior to a decision that is subsequently appealed, then the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Personshall receive a credit for such period of Ineligibility served against any period of Ineligibilitywhich may ultimately be imposed on appeal. To get credit for any period of voluntary Provisional Suspension, however, the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Personmust have given written notice at the beginning of such period to the BCCIand must have respected the Provisional Suspension in full. A copy of the Cricketer of Cricketer Support Person’s voluntary acceptance of a Provisional Suspension shall be provided promptly to the ICC and WADA. No credit against a period of Ineligibility shall be given for any time period before the effective date of the Provisional Suspension or voluntary Provisional Suspension, regardless of the Cricketer’s or Cricketer Support Person’s status during such period.

10.11 Status DuringIneligibility

10.11.1 Prohibition against Participation during Ineligibility

10.11.1.1 No Cricketer or Cricket SupportPersonwho has been declared Ineligible may, during the period of Ineligibility, play, coach or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in: (a) a Match or any other function, Event or activity (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs) authorised, organised, sanctioned, recognised or supported in any way by the BCCI or by anybody that is a member of, or affiliated to, or licensed by the BCCI; or (b) any Match or any other function, Event or activity authorised or organised by any professional league or any international or national level tournament/Eventorganisation (whether or not the party authorising or organising the Match or Event in question is a Signatory, any club or other body that is a member of, or affiliated to, or licensed by, a Signatory or a Signatory’s member organisation); (c) any elite or national-level sporting activity funded by a government agency; or (d) a Competition or activity (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) authorised or organised by any Signatory, Signatory’s member organisation or a club or other member organisation of a Signatory’s member organisation.Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, such Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPerson shall not, during any period of Ineligibility, be given accreditation for, or otherwise granted access to, any Match, function, Event or activity of the type referred to in this Article and any such accreditation previously issued shall be withdrawn. In addition, the BCCI shall take all steps within its power to have the period of Ineligibility recognised and enforced by all other relevant parties, including all other Signatories pursuant to Article 15 of the World Anti-Doping Code.

10.11.1.2 A Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person who is subject to a period of Ineligibility longer than four years may, after completing four years of the period of Ineligibility, participate as an athlete in local sport events in a sport other than cricket, but only so long as the local sport event is not at a level that could otherwise qualify such Cricketer or Cricketer SupportPersonnel directly or indirectly to compete in (or accumulate points toward) a national championship or international tournament/event.

10.11.1.3 A Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person who is subject to a period of Ineligibility shall remain subject to Testing during that period and must provide whereabouts information upon request for that purpose. If a Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person commits an anti-doping rule violation during a period of Ineligibility (including but not limited to an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.1), this shall be treated as a separate anti-doping rule violation under the Rules.
10.11.2 Return to Training

As an exception to Article 10.11.1, a Cricketer may return to train with a team or to use the facilities of a club or other member organisation of a Signatory’s member organisation during the shorter of: (i) the last two months of the Cricketer’s period of Ineligibility; or (ii) the last one-quarter of the period of Ineligibility imposed. 


10.11.3 Violation of the Prohibition of Participation during Ineligibility

Where a Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person who has been declared Ineligible violates the prohibition against participation during such period of Ineligibility, a new period of Ineligibility shall be added to the end of the original period of Ineligibility. The new period of Ineligibilityequal in length to the original period of Ineligibility may be adjusted based on the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person’s degree of Fault and other circumstances of the case. The determination of whether the prohibition against participation whilst Ineligible has been violated, and whether an adjustment is appropriate, shall be made by the BCCI, and such decision shall be subject to appeal in accordance with Article 13. In any case, any results obtained by the Cricketer as a result of such participation shall be automatically Disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any individual medals, individual titles, individual ranking points and individual prizes obtained in that Match or other tournament/Eventand the non-inclusion of the Cricketer’s performance statistics in that Match or other tournament/Event towards individual averages and/or records.

Where a Cricketer Support Person or other Person assists a Person in violating the prohibition against participation during Ineligibility, the BCCI shall impose sanctions over that Cricketer Support Person or other Person for a violation of Article 2.9 (Complicity) for such assistance.

10.11.4 Withholding of Financial Support during Ineligibility

In addition, for any anti-doping rule violation not involving a reduced sanction as described in Article 10.4 and 10.5, some or all sport-related financial support or other sport-related benefits received by the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Person may be withheld by the BCCI.

10.12 Automatic Publication of Sanction

In accordance with Article 14, a mandatory part of each sanction imposed under this Article 10 shall include automatic publication.

10.13 Reinstatement Testing

10.13.1 As a condition of reinstatement,a Cricketer who is subject to a period of Ineligibility must respect the conditions of Article 10.11.1.3, failing which, the Cricketer shall not be eligible for reinstatement until he/she has made him/herself available for Testing (by notifying the BCCI in writing) for a period of time equal to the period of Ineligibility remaining as at the date that he/she first stopped making him/herself available for Testing except that in the event that a Cricketer retires while subject to a period of Ineligibility, the conditions set out in Article 5.6 shall apply

10.13.2 During such remaining period of Ineligibility, a minimum of two (2) tests must be conducted on the Cricketer. The BCCI shall be responsible for conducting the necessary tests, but tests by the ICC may be used to satisfy the requirement. The results of such testsshall be reported to the ICC. In addition, immediately prior to the end of the period of Ineligibility, upon request a Cricketer must undergo Testing at the instance of the BCCI for the Prohibited Substances and Methods that are prohibited in Out-of-Competition Testing.

10.13.3 Once the period of Ineligibility has expired, and the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Personhas fulfilled the conditions of reinstatement, then provided that the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Personhas paid in full all amounts forfeited under the Rules, and has satisfied in full any award of costs made against him/herby any Anti-Doping Tribunal and/or by the CAS following any appeal made pursuant to Article 13, the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Personwill become automatically re-eligible to participate (or assist the participation of a Cricketer) and no application by the Cricketer or Cricketer Support Personwill be necessary.