WADA Code and Anti-Doping Rules­­


The updated World Anti-Doping Code came into effect on the 1st January 2015. This was the first update to the core document that harmonizes anti-doping rules and processes across sports and countries since 2009. It is imperative that those it directly impacts in cricket are aware of this new version of the Code and what it means for them.

There are a number of changes that both cricketers and cricketer support personnel should be aware of, but in simple terms the key points are:

  • Increase in sanction for serious offences to 4 years.
  • Less serious offences are now more likely to receive 2 year sanction than the reduced sanctions seen under the previous Code.
  • There are 2 new anti-doping rule violations – complicity and prohibited association. This means there are now 10 in total.

The ECB issues revised anti-doping rules at the start of each year in line with the requirements of the WADA Code. As a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) the ECB also harmonises its rules to adopt, where appropriate the anti-doping code of the ICC. It is important for all players, coaches and support staff to familiarise themselves with the anti-doping regulations relevant to their competition to ensure that they are aware of the obligations and requirements placed upon them.

Key anti-doping messages will continue to be communicated to players during preseason awareness sessions and throughout the year.

Below are the ECB Anti-Doping Rules and a helpful advice card - click on the thumbnail below to view or download.


ECB Anti-Doping Rules 2016


Pro Advice Card 2016




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The most effective way to avoid any issues relating to Anti-Doping Rules are to be aware of what they say and what they cover. 

Going one step further it is recommended you identify where your potential risks may be and address them appropriately.

If you are ever unsure of anything, check it or ask someone. There will be many support staff within your county who have a good knowledge of this topic. The ECB also has a full-time Anti-Doping Manager to help with everything in this area and of course the PCA are always there to assist as well.

Use these resources that are available to you to avoid simple mistakes so many athletes have made.

Please remember, the consequences of an anti-doping rule violation can be catastrophic – a first offence could get you banned from cricket for up to four years. Don’t get caught out. 

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