Yusuf Pathan, who was hit by a five-month retrospective ban by India’s Cricket Control Board (BCCI) on Tuesday, will be available for the 2018 Indian Premier League Player Auction, which will take place on Jan. 27-28. Baroda’s multi-purpose rider admitted to BCCI that a urine sample provided by Pathan on March 16, 2017 had been tested and contained “terbutaline”. However, Pathan’s suspension has been backdated as of August 15, 2017, and he will be eligible to play from January 14, making him available for auction

Yusuf was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise last year but he was not retained by KKR, so he will be available for auction.

“Mr. Yusuf Pathan was suspended for a doping offense, Mr. Pathan inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be found commonly in cough syrups,” BCCI said in a press release.

“BCCI is satisfied with Mr. Pathan’s explanation that he inadvertently took Terbutaline to treat Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance enhancing drug.” Pathan’s explanation on the cause of his VRAD, and on this basis agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, with the disqualification of certain results, “added the publication.

Meanwhile, Yusuf said he was confident of being wiped out of deliberate use and vowed to be more cautious in the future.

“Competing for India and my home country Baroda has been an immense subject of pride and encouragement and I will never act in any way to discredit my motherland or Baroda,” he said. said in a statement.

“In hindsight, I should have paid more attention and checked the status of the drugs with BCCI’s dedicated anti-doping helpline,” he added.