McCullum breaks his silence on positive drug test during IPL 2016

NEW DELHI: Former New Zealand cricket team skipper Brendon McCullum has finally spoke on being tested positive during his stint with Gujarat Lions in the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL).

In an interview, McCullum said that he suffers from asthma, and therefore, had to increase his usual dose of medicine to cope up with heavy pollution in New Delhi back then.

As a result, the swashbuckling Kiwi batsman’s urine sample showed excessive level of salbutamol, a drug which is part of inhalers used to treat asthma.

Though his doctors and legal team prepared a defence that helped him come out of the entire episode clean in January 2017 itself, the New Zealand batsman decided to speak on it in public now because he wanted to put an end to the rumours surrounding the issue.

“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,” he concluded.

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