BCCI to probe reports of drug abuse before acting against Sharma, Parnell

Mathura, July 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced that it will probe the matter before taking action against cricketers Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell who tested positive for consuming drugs during a rave party recently busted by police in Mumbai.

Interacting with Mediapersons here, BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla said that if proved guilty, the players would be punished as per the terms of the players' code of conduct of the Board.

"We are not going to take any action in haste. First we will study the report. We have got a provision in players' code of conduct, and accordingly we will proceed. We will also try to find out why it took so long for Mumbai police to submit this report," Shukla said.

As per senior police officials, test results of 44 of the 92 persons including foreign nationals who were detained at the rave party on June 20 were positive in medical examination.

Those tested positive for using banned substances are likely to be arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act of 1985.

Sharma, an Indian leggie and Parnell, a South African left arm pacer, played for Pune Warriors India in the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). (ANI)


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