World T20 2014 March 26, 2014

Parnell called to Mumbai court hearing

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wayne Parnell has been released from the South African squad at the World T20 to attend a mandatory court hearing in Mumbai on Thursday in relation to the drug-related charges laid during the 2012 IPL.

It means Parnell will not be available for the match against Netherlands in Chittagong although he had not been selected for South Africa's first two group games.

Speaking about the appearance, Parnell's manager, Donne Commins said: "Wayne has been called to appear before the court in India purely for procedural purposes in relation to the courts ongoing administration of the case concerned. Our understanding is that there will be no substantive enquiries made of him at the hearing, nor will the matter be progressed otherwise than as a matter of procedure."

South Africa's team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, said: "We were made aware before the T20 World Cup that Wayne would have to travel to India to appear in court as a matter of procedure and we have made provision for this in our planning.

"It's unfortunate to lose him for a game in the middle of an important tournament him but we must respect the law. Furthermore, Wayne has expressed no wrongdoing so we hope that the case can be concluded as soon as possible."

Parnell was among 90 people detained following a party at a hotel in the Juhu suburb of Mumbai on May 20, 2012, a day after Pune Warriors' IPL 2012 campaign ended. Of the 90 people, 86 apparently tested positive for drugs including 35 foreign nationals.

Parnell has denied any wrongdoing, and was released on bail following a court appearance in Mumbai last year. He will rejoin the squad on Friday morning ahead of South Africa's match against England.

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  • Wayne on March 26, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    well, surely its not a bad thing to have 2 allrounders (parnell and albie) in the team - always offers additional bowling options if anyone else catches Morne's bug. Specially as both are good fielders.

    Def prefer Parnel ahead of Tsotsobe or Phangiso anytime! Parnel is a good alternative bowler to have.

    The sad bit is Proteas will do their normal mellow mindset thing of just cruising to take a comfortable win ... then be disappointed later when their nett run rate is an issue.

  • shaun on March 26, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    If Tsotsobe is sidelined then Phangiso WILL play. Not a bad thing though. Morne Morkel should also take a rest (until he can learn to bowl decent fullish length balls, constant half short pitched on Asian wickets is just "up the street" for batters) and be replaced by Parnell.Otherwise our team OK. Just move Amla to three or four & bat Du Plessis two with De Villiers three/four. In fact maybe Miller should bat #3 he likes faster bowling.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    For match against Netherlands is ok, but after that he should be included in the team in place of tsotsobe. Parnell with his pace and allround ablity is any day better than tsotsobe, how come he cant find the place in the first two matches, god knows.

  • Android on March 26, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    well Parnell wasnt gonna play unless albie Morkel got injured as Parnell is the only other all rounder in the team. if a bowler was to get injured phangiso would probably play to increase the spin affect. So Parnell missing out wont mean much unless Morkel does get injured.

  • Duncan on March 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Time to Man up! I only care if it helps his cricket.

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