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Australian cricketer warned over drugs

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 23, 2012

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An Australian cricketer was reportedly given an unofficial warning over an incident involving cocaine last year.

The player did not test positive for the drug and was not subject to Cricket Australia's formal drugs policy. However a report in The Australian states that upon being called to account by CA he did admit to the incident occurring, and was subsequently counselled.

There have been no behavioural or form issues with the player since that time. No current contracted Australian cricketer has tested positive for drugs.

"Cricket Australia confirmed today that no current Australian, State or BBL player has tested positive or breached CA's anti-doping or illicit drugs policies," CA said in a statement.

"Noting a newspaper report claiming a cricketer has been counselled on an alleged illicit drugs issue, CA said that in common with other employers, it deals from time to time with employee welfare issues.

"CA's policy dealing with player welfare issues is to do so in a confidential, medically-based manner."

While a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency code, CA's drugs policy also outlines a two-strike policy for players found to be using illicit drugs away from the game.

A player who tests positive in these circumstances is counselled, banned from playing for 20 days and given a suspended fine or sentence. The CA anti-doping officer and team doctor are the only officials who need to be informed in the case of centrally contracted players.

A second strike has the player named and sanctions delivered.

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