Dhaka, (Agencies): In an attempt to keep the upcoming mega event ICC Cricket World Cup out of bounds for drug cheats, ICC's anti-doping agency has started random dope testing of players and Pakistani trio of Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul and Kamran Akmal were among the first cricketers, sources said on Thursday.

The Pak trio were tested by ICC drug inspectors after they returned from a practice session. The sources, however, termed the exercise as a routine procedure ahead of any major sporting event.

"It's normal to test players before and during a tournament. Nothing fishy about it. Others will also be tested," he said.

35-year-old Akhtar, who has been in-and-out of Pakistan side due to a spate of injuries, tested positive for a banned drug nandrolone in 2006 and was banned for five years.