2 IPL players in rave party

Rahul Sharma, Wayne Parnell insist they were not doing drugs

Update: 3:15 pm - Indian cricketer Rahul Sharma has spoken to the media about the rave party. He stated that to him it appeared to be a normal party and he had accompanied Wayne Parnell who was invited by some of his friends. He insisted that he had not consumed any alcohol or taken any drugs and that the blood and urine samples that were taken from him would come out negative. Sharma also claimed that if the reports came out positive he would quit cricket.

Update - 2 pm:
South African Wayne Parnell in an interview to TV News channel Times Now, has said that he was present at the party at Oakwood Hotel along with his Pune Warriors teammate Rahul Sharma, but they were not involved in any wrong doing. He stated that they were present for a friend's birthday party and were drinking water and dancing to the music that was playing. He also added that the breath test taken by the police was negative and that they weren't aware of drugs being present at the party.


MUMBAI: Controversies seem to be engulfing the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.

Following the turbulent week that the IPL faced over allegations of spot-fixing by IPL some players, Shah Rukh Khan’s brawl at the Wankhede Stadium with MCA officials, and RBC players Luke Pomersbach’s alleged molestation of an Indian American woman, two IPL cricketers were detained by Mumbai Police on
Sunday night from a rave party at the Oakland Hotel in suburban Juhu.

The two cricketers -- Rahul Sharma of India and Wayne Parnell of South Africa -- belong to Sahara’s Pune Warriors India. They were taken into custody, asked to undergo a medical test and later freed on bonds.

Over 100 persons were arrested from the rave party where police are said to have recovered narcotic substances like cocaine and Ecstasy pills.

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Sources said that among those arrested and later freed this morning include many celebrity children and people associated with Bollywood. Many of them also were foreigners.

The organiser of the party, one Vijay Handa, has been arrested by the cops too under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

News reports quoted police as saying that invitations to the party were posted on Facebook.