Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
Shoaib should be held fully accountable if it was his doctor who is responsible for the substance abuse. If he wishes to go and use another doctor outside of those recommended by the PCB, he has to make sure that the doctor is aware of world drug standards.
Maybe, but my point is more general. It's just too easy for a doctor to give a player something on the banned list, without the player being aware - recommended by the PCB or otherwise. IMO, the approach that ultimate responsibility be given to the player in all cases is a very much less than perfect one, designed only for easy policing. (In other words, we have no other option because our investigative techniques tend mainly just to confirm the presence of the substances, and there are rarely smoking guns to absolutely prove the "guilt" of the person knowingly taking it for illegal purposes.)
I have no trouble conceiving that sportsmen who have been very cautious and questioned their doctors regularly might still end up with banned substances in their bodies. And then there are the ambiguities in people who naturally produce greater quantities of particular substances than is the norm, and the confusion when it comes to cough medications, etc.