Parnell clarifies media report
Wayne Parnell (Gallo Images)
Juju - Proteas all-rounder Wayne Parnell
has released a statement following reports
he was involved in a police raid that took place at the Oak Woods Hotel in Juju, India on Sunday evening. GALLERY: Best pictures from the weekend
Parnell said: “Myself and Rahul (Sharma) were invited to a friend’s birthday party and we arrived at the hotel at around 17:30 in the afternoon. We had planned on leaving the party at 20:00 to get some dinner and at around 19:00 the raid happened.
“We were not aware of a Rave or of any drugs being taken, the party was on the pool terrace so it was very relaxed.
“We were sent to a hospital in Mumbai where blood and urine samples were taken, all those present at the gathering, approximately 80 people, were also tested.
“At no stage was I arrested or detained, I was calm because I knew that I hadn’t done anything wrong, I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, my main aim was to co-operate with the police.
“As International cricketers we get tested regularly for drugs as part of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), so I am confident that nothing will show up in my urine and blood tests.
Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: “Wayne is fine and in positive spirits, we just hope that the process can be handled as quickly as possible so that he can return home.
“For now the process is in the Indian Police’s hands as we await the results of the respective tests and Wayne has offered his full co-operation with the police should they need any further information.”
The Pune Warriors have not qualified for the playoffs of the 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL) and Parnell had initially planned on staying in India for an extended holiday after the tournament.