Warwickshire September 23, 2004

Warwickshire player "fails drugs test"

Wisden Cricinfo staff

A Warwickshire player is to appear before an ECB disciplinary panel on Monday (Sept 20) after reportedly failing a drugs test. Warwickshire and the ECB declined to confirm the identity of the player concerned, but a report in the Daily Telegraph alleged that it was Graham Wagg, the 21-year-old allrounder who has also played for England A.

Wagg, who has been struggling with a back injury that has stopped him playing Championship cricket this year, reportedly gave a positive sample after a random drug test after Warwickshire's final National League match of the season, against Gloucestershire.

The ECB confirmed that a disciplinary hearing had been set up in accordance with their anti-doping regulations.

According to the Telegraph the drug involved is recreational, rather than performance-enhancing. The English authorities have always pursued a hard line on drug abuse, of whatever kind: in 1996 Ed Giddins was suspended for 18 months after traces of cocaine were found in his systen.

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