Drug raid: Parnell likely to get off the hook

2012-07-31 00:00

WAYNE Parnell is unlikely to be in any trouble with Cricket South Africa (CSA) over allegations he took recreational drugs in India, CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul told supersport.com yesterday.

Parnell, who was in India playing for the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League, was arrested in Mumbai in May during a police raid on a rave party.

He and Indian spinner Rahul Sharma were, along with nearly 90 other people, given drug tests and, on July 20, television stations in India reported police had confirmed positive tests for the duo.

But Faul said CSA’s efforts to get official confirmation of these reports had so far been in vain.

“We’ve been trying to get official word from the Board Of Control for Cricket in India and Indian police, but so far we’ve got nothing.

“The Indian police haven’t yet laid a charge against Wayne,” Faul said.

He said for CSA to take action against Parnell they would need far greater evidence than what has currently been made available to them.

“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.

Parnell, who has always claimed his innocence and said he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”, has allegedly tested positive for marijuana and will more than likely base his defence on the passive smoking principle i.e. other people at the party were smoking marijuana and he breathed some in just by being in the same room.

Parnell celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday and the news that CSA are unlikely to take any action against him will be a great present ahead of a crucial summer for the left-arm paceman.

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