None tested positive in IPL 2009, says Lalit Modi

Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi declared on Tuesday that no cricketer had tested positive for any banned drugs in the second edition of the T20 League held in South Africa in April-May.

Modi’s reaction came in the wake of reports from South Africa that the country’s fast bowler Dale Steyn failed a drug test as a result of taking painkillers to recover from an injury during the IPL.

Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Gerald Majola said on Tuesday Steyn was found to have morphine level slightly above the normal because of the painkillers he took and CSA has submitted a report in this regard to the IPL authorities.

“We are aware of the result and submitted a report immediately to the IPL on why this has happened,” Majola said.

Modi, reacting to this development, told reporters that he knew of this development from news wires just before addressing a press conference at the conclusion of IPL’s Governing Council meeting on Tuesday.

“It’s for Cricket South Africa and the ICC to take action (if needed). I can say no player tested positive during IPL as per our dope-testing agency’s findings.

“Our anti-doping agency has not given us any input that they had a failed dope test (on their hands). One reason is he (Steyn) could have told them he was taking a prescribed drug,” he explained.

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