Parnell freed after drug bust

2012-05-21 10:07

New Delhi - Two Indian Premier League cricket players were among nearly 100 people detained for drugs tests after police busted a party, reports said Monday, in the latest controversy to hit the tournament.

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Police said South African Wayne Parnell and Indian Rahul Sharma, both members of the Pune Warriors, were detained after police raided and found drugs at the bash at a Mumbai hotel on Sunday night, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).

"All those who were detained last night during the rave party were allowed to go after their blood and urine samples were taken," a police officer was quoted as saying by the PTI news agency.

A total of 96 people were detained at the rave, where cocaine, MDMA and cannabis were seized, Additional Commissioner Vishwas Nagre Patil told the agency earlier.

Police also said the director of the party venue, the Oakwood Premier hotel in the city's west, had been arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Sharma was quoted on the NDTV news website saying he was at the hotel for a different party. "I had just reached there but nobody was present," he said.

The players' detention is the latest in a string of controversies to hit the IPL, which draws to a conclusion next week.

Last week Australian Luke Pomersbach was accused of molesting a woman and beating up her fiance. He denies the charges and was granted bail on Saturday.

A few days earlier, five Indian players signed to IPL teams were suspended after an undercover TV report alleged they were prepared to take money for spot-fixing, an illegal practice in which parts of the game are fixed.

On Wednesday night, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise, was involved in an ugly late-night row with officials at Mumbai's main Wankhede cricket stadium.

He was subsequently banned by the Mumbai Cricket Association for five years from entering the stadium.

The annual IPL tournament also faces allegations of massive corporate corruption, money-laundering and tax evasion, as well as secret deals to hide teams' real owners and even links to India's criminal underworld.


  • pierre.brink - 2012-05-21 10:40

    He says he’s innocent, he's not Waleed.

      Clint - 2012-05-21 17:38

      Do you knw wat hes age is? Hes allowd 2 enjoy life dude.. Apart frm that i knw him and hes parents personaly.. He would neva do drugs. So 4me wrong time nd wrong place sounds perfectly well.. Dont just throw stones!!

  • Warren - 2012-05-21 10:46

    Just a little case of mistaken identity,they were looking for Wayne but turned out they arrested Waleed by accident.

  • moregareth - 2012-05-21 11:06

    Something like this could ruin a career! He should sue the pants off them!

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-21 13:07

      Not sure how it could ruin his career, unless he had indulged in some of the illegal substances on offer at the venue. Many many people get stopped at police road blocks, blow in the breathalyzer and then continue on their way without it affecting their lives beyond the inconvenience of being stopped.

  • gabiba.talip - 2012-05-21 12:12

    I notice that the other cricketers' religion is not an issue, except Wayne's. Rob: take that chip off your shoulder. Its obscuring your view of reality.

      Raeez - 2012-05-21 12:30

      He should be blocked from making ANY comments on News24 in the future if you ask me......

  • hans.schouwstra.7 - 2012-05-21 12:32

    One comment, he is still young he may have a party and hopefully without drug! Wayne enjoy it, at the point of him being a muslim now, that is something that has bothered me, i see the sponsor on his Pune shirt and pants are taped over, persuambly because it is an accohol sponsor, so does he say no thanks to the money of the sponsor to. The same has bothered me abour Hashim playing for the national side, he is not allowed to show of the sponsor and I respect that but the money coming from them is fine???

      Zimbobwe - 2012-05-21 12:41

      Hashim donates the sponsors earnings to charity. He doesn't do dirty money.

      Tim - 2012-05-21 13:04

      Hashim does not accept the match fee from " accohol sponsors ". The money is donated directly to some charity.

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-21 13:10

      Hash is a super guy and a fine example to all young people. He donates to charity any earnings that come from sponsorships that clash with his beliefs, or he declines the money.

  • grattan.rippon - 2012-05-23 20:42

    Hey Tim....Maybe Amla should donate his earnings to a school of learning so you can learn to spell????or should I say read and write good!

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