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Parnell unlikely to be punished

2012-07-30 17:52

Cape Town - Proteas cricketer Wayne Parnell is unlikely to be punished by Cricket South Africa (CSA) over allegations he took recreational drugs in India, CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul told SuperSport.com on Monday.

Parnell and Indian cricketer Rahul Sharma, both members of the IPL team Pune Warriors, were part of a group of 96 people detained after police raided and found drugs at a party in Mumbai on May 20.

Parnell allegedly tested positive for marijuana but has always maintained his innocence.

"I was at the wrong place at the wrong time," Parnell said at the time.

"I was calm because I knew that I hadn't done anything wrong.

"We were not aware 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 were also tested."

Faul said CSA's efforts to get official confirmation of these reports had so far proved unsuccessful.

"We've been trying to get official word from the BCCI and Indian police, but so far we've got nothing. The Indian police haven't yet laid a charge against Wayne," Faul said.

Faul added that for CSA to take action against Parnell it would need more evidence.

"To take action against Wayne will be next to impossible at the moment because the whole process over there has been shambolic. The police are talking to some sections of the media but not to the cricket boards, the whole testing procedure was not done according to the standards that normally apply in sport and Wayne would be able to contest any action we take with absolute ease," Faul said.

Sport24

Comments
  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 18:11

    LOL... "I was calm because I knew that I hadn't done anything wrong. "We were not aware of... any drugs being taken. The party was on the pool terrace so it was very relaxed." Sounds like the symptoms of smoking weed to me...

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-07-31 07:32

      YAWN!

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-07-31 12:17

      So kalm soos ’n daggawalm...

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-30 18:34

    Yeah right! I believe you like I believe in the tooth fairy! I was gonna play the game.......but then I got high???

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-30 20:12

    Wat is jy Parnell? 'n Domkop peop***.

  • planetdonovan - 2012-07-30 20:53

    just legalize it!

  • kevin.day.7370 - 2012-07-31 07:09

    Hey guys, read the article. The party was on May 20th and over 2 months later no test results have been made available and no charges laid - don't you think the Indian police would have nailed anyone guilty by now? The cops haven't even responded to CSA's requests for test results, etc. Also, do you think all 96 had a toke? A few guys had a drag in one corner and now you want everyone present to go to jail?

      Wesley - 2012-07-31 08:26

      fully agree!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-31 10:42

      Relax, the level of intelligence on News24 can be counted on one finger.

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