Jamaican spinner banned from competitive action for 15 months

News post May 11, 2016

Odean Brown banned for 15 months

Odean Brown can return to competitive action on February 24, 2017.

Jamaican cricketer Odean Brown was yesterday suspended for 15 months by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel after committing a whereabouts violation by missing three consecutive out-of-competition drug tests.

The 34-year-old leg-spinner, who has represented the Jamaica senior team since February 2004, was not served the maximum 24-month ban and can return to competitive action on February 24, 2017. His suspension will be backdated and is effective from November 24, 2015, which in essence is a ninemonth ban. The bowler, who most recently played for Jamaica in March 2015, has taken 255 wickets in 67 first-class. Brown’s lawyer Patrick Foster believes the ban, announced at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday, should have commenced much sooner. “In practical terms, it’s a nine-month suspension because he will not be able to play from today going into the 24th of February, 2017,” Foster told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. “But I am of the view that the commencement date ought to have been earlier from the 24th of November, based on the rules when you look at the delays in the doping control process and the delays generally in having this matter heard,” argued Foster. “It’s a 15-month penalty commencing from November 24 2015, which is the date the panel stopped receiving submissions on the matter,” he noted. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules states that athletes must file where they will be for at least one hour each day with their local Anti-Doping agency to facilitate being drug- tested. If an athlete misses three drug tests within an 18-month period, then that counts as a positive drug test. “I would have preferred if no penalty had been imposed. I think that would have been the most appropriate decision,” said Foster. “But I can understand the ruling of the panel in imposing a penalty,” he added. Brown’s case was heard by the independent disciplinary panel chaired by former Director of Public Prosecutions Kent Pantry; Professor Archibald McDonald; and former Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Maurice Foster

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