Oz cricketers association's 'hair raising' mantra to beat illicit drug use

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 09:40 hrs

Australian cricket's judgment day in sport's integrity crisis is approaching fast with results of player hair testing set to detect any kind of illicit drug use.

Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) chief executive Paul Marsh has said the fallout of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) report means vigilance must be increased to protect players from the clutches of organised crime, News.com.au reports.

Australia's leading cricketers were informed in March last year they would be tested for illicit drugs from July 1 for a 12-month trial period and all results will be delivered to the ACA by June 30.

The nation's elite cricketers now face an unrelenting testing regime as opposed to AFL, which does not probe for illicit drugs during player, leave periods, the paper said.

Marsh insists the final results of the inaugural hair sampling trial will prove the game is basically free of illicit drugs while supplements are not considered to improve cricket performance.

Marsh said illicit drugs are an issue in society, and he doesn't think they have a huge issue with drugs in cricket, adding the information they have around it would suggest they don't.

Hair testing is more thorough than blood or urine sampling and results can be determined up to three months after drugs are consumed. (ANI)

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