IPL 2013 April 8, 2013

Parnell appears in court, gets bail

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wayne Parnell, the South Africa and Pune Warriors bowler, has been granted bail by a Mumbai court after surrendering before it on charges of testing positive for recreational drugs, following a police raid on a party in the city last year. Legspinner Rahul Sharma, who also tested positive in that case, played for Warriors on Sunday against Kings XI Punjab.

A Warriors spokesman said Parnell went to the authorities with his lawyer. "He still hasn't joined the squad," the spokesman said. "He cannot do so until he gets bail and BCCI clearance." However, it is understood that securing bail will make it much easier for him to secure the BCCI clearance - Sharma has already obtained it.

Tony Irish, CEO of the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA), said the issue was being dealt with as an individual matter with Parnell and his agent. "He [Parnell] knew this was going to happen and he appointed Indian lawyers to deal with it," Irish said to ESPNcricinfo. "He is going through the process and we don't believe there is any substance to the charges. The next step is for the prosecution to see if there is sufficient evidence to have a trial or if they will dismiss the charges."

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo last month, Parnell had confirmed he would play in the IPL and claimed innocence on the drug charge. "As far as I am concerned, everything is fine," he said. "I've received a mail from Pune saying I have to come. I've got nothing to hide. The full story will come out once I get over there. They tested everyone that was at the party. I need to find my sample, because if they tested me they must have my sample and we need to match that up.

"I've been subjected to drug testing in my last five years as a professional cricketer, and I haven't tested positive once. So I've got nothing to worry about. As far as I am aware, they didn't give any specific samples and put them to names. They just said that a certain number of people tested positive. The individual samples need to be shown now."

Parnell and Sharma were among 90 people detained following the party at a hotel in the Juhu suburb of Mumbai on May 20 last year, a day after Pune Warriors' IPL 2012 campaign ended. According to reports, drugs including cocaine, MDMA and cannabis were consumed at the party.

Of the 90 people, 86 apparently tested positive - including 35 foreign nationals, who have been "shown as wanted" according to a police official. These 86 people had a 1200-page charge sheet drawn up against them last month, according to PTI.

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  • Rohit on April 9, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Parnell's inclusion wud definitely strengthen the warriors bowling... I believe the batting line up shud be changed... Apart froma century a couple of seasons back pandey hasnt done anything noteworthy....taylor who has proven ability to go over the fielders can do the same during the first 6 overs..... Wundering why kane richardson isnt in the side ?

  • n on April 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @Rajat Rathi - very sensible, correct & apt comments! Wish more people thought like you do.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    @Bob, what you said is how things are supposed to be done ideally. One of the two samples should be handed to the person who is being tested under careful observation of the authorities and made sure that it is being tested from an attested body. Unfortunately, it is not how it should be. It has become general mindset to consider the charged person as guilty until proven innocent, as opposed to otherwise. People have to live with that burden until they are freed from it completely; Some get used to it and others are haunted for rest of their lives even after proven innocent through a fair trial. It is easy to presume things in favour or against for us, but we wont know the truth. There must be 50 other person in that party, but not one would come out with the truth on moral grounds to help justice. This case will be forgotten soon in public. At least lets enjoy cricket and hope he helps Warriors make a comeback.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Judging by what Parnell is saying, it appears to be a pretty bizarre state of affairs..I thought that when a person is tested for drugs, two samples are taken. One is retained by the testing authority with the other given to the person being tested to enable him to have it independently tested, thus ensuring that there can be no stitch-up by the testers. If Parnell hasn't got his sample and the authority state it was positive... he can always claim the the sample was tampered with and therefore the test is invalid..

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