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New Zealand's Brendon McCullum clears the air about positive drug test during IPL 2016

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 June 2018, 18:04 IST
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The 36-year-old former New Zealand cricket team skipper Brendon McCullum has finally broken his silence over positive drug test that happened during the ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) when he was representing Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016.

Since childhood Brendon McCullum, an Asthama patient, had taken an extra dose of the medication for his condition due to excessive pollution in National capital Delhi that led higher levels of Salbutamol (a substance which is part of inhalers used to treat asthma.)— banned substance on WADA’s list — which saw during his urine sample.

As per reported in NDTV "There was a bit of a process to go through to make sure they had all the information and ticked off the areas they wanted to see, but we went through it all and [the BCCI] were actually pretty good to work with, in the end," McCullum told stuff.co.nz on June 22.

Further McCullum cited that "I certainly don't see it as a failed drug test. It was just a case of we just need to seek clarification and apply for this. I have no ill-feeling about [the process] and I also have no guilt or remorse about it because I needed a puff of my inhaler at that time."

"I've heard this sort of rumbling around in the background for a while and I actually said to my wife, 'I don't know why we don't just deal with this now, I've got nothing to hide and it is better off just talking about stuff rather than having other people talking about it'. Otherwise, it just grows and festers.

"As far as I am concerned it was just a matter of making sure we got everything signed off properly, rather than it being a failed drug test."

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First published: 23 June 2018, 18:04 IST