To reflect the changes to the Code the ECB Anti-Doping Rules have also been updated for 2015 and can be found below or through the ECB website.

ECB Anti-Doping Rules 2015           ECB Illicit Drugs Policy


The ECB have issued these helpful advice cards - click on the thumbnail below to view or download.



IDP Advice Card 2015 SEASON



For help and support with any drug related issue, please contact the PCA Confidential Helpline on 0844 800 6873


World Anti-doping code

The updated World Anti-Doping Code comes into effect from the 1st January 2015. This is the first update to the core document that harmonizes anti-doping rules and processes across sports and countries since 2009. It is therefore 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.

UKAD have a dedicated 2015 Code microsite that includes factsheets for athletes and support personnel which focus on role specific aspects of the new Code. These factsheets have been provided to all First Class Counties and all changes to the WADA Code will be addressed with professional players during pre-season awareness sessions.

World Athlete Anti-Doping Code 2015



Legal highs

Legal highs are a group of substances or products that carry the same or similar effects as more well recognised illicit drugs. Just because they are sold as ‘legal’ it does not mean they are legal or safe.

They carry with them many of the legal, ethical and health issues that illicit drugs do, some of these are outlined below: 

  • An obvious starting point is that using the type of substances termed legal highs is not conducive to being a professional athlete and the physical and mental demands this brings.
  • They are not always legal – mephedrone (not to be confused with methadone) which is probably the most talked about ‘legal high’ is now a class b drug (illegal to possess or supply).
  • The government’s attempts to address the issue can inadvertently cause further problems. Manufacturers may use unknown or new chemicals to substitute those which have been made illegal with no real understanding of how they may affect a person other than they are similar to those previously used.
  • The term ‘legal high’ compounds these issues by almost adding credibility, giving some sort of security to the user. Many products are also given (brand) names to add to this still further – e.g. Bliss, Cherry Bomb, Happy Caps (the list is almost endless).
  • There is also no legislation on what goes into these type of products, it could be anything. There is no requirement to be safe for humans and they are sold ‘not for human consumption’. Many are labelled  for other purposes , again citing mephedrone, this is labelled as some sort of plant food.
  • They are prohibited under anti-doping rules. Although they may not be explicitly included on the prohibited list they would fall under the catch all ‘other substances with a similar chemical structure or similar biological effect(s)‘. On the whole most legal highs are amphetamine, stimulant type substances and so would fall under the S6 Stimulants category of the WADA Prohibited List.
  • Much like illicit drugs these are obviously not very good for your health and there are regular cases linking to death.





The most effective way to avoid any trouble with the ECB’s Anti-Doping Code is to be aware of what it says and what it covers. 

The ECB has a full-time Anti-Doping Officer to coordinate everything in this area (contact details below).

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 two years. Don’t get caught out.

Helping the fight against doping in sport

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UK Anti-Doping have a confidential phone line where you can securely pass on information or suspicions about doping activities in elite sport with guaranteed anonymity.

For more information on this service, click here

Further Information

Vital sources of information are:

If you have any questions please contact Jason Ratcliffe