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BCCI not to comment on rave party

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Mon, May 21, 2012 17:53 hrs

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday said it will not make any comment on take any action on the rave party scandal involving two Indian Premier League (IPL) cricketers till results of investigations conducted by concerned authorities are known.


Indian Premier League (IPL) players Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell of Pune Warriors were among the 100 odd people detained by Mumbai police after they busted a rave party Sunday night in Mumbai.

"The BCCI-IPL is aware of media reports regarding two cricketers, Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma, and a party in a Mumbai hotel on Sunday evening. Whilst the players had completed their commitments for the 2012 IPL season, they remain contracted to Pune Warriors India and the IPL," said BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale in a press statement.



"There will be no further comment or action by BCCI-IPL until the results of the investigation by the concerned authorities into the above mentioned situation are known," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the players said they were innocent with Rahul Sharma claiming that he was in a different party in the venue- Oak Woods Hotel in Juhu and was not in the rave party.

Talking to the press in Jalandhar, Sharma said he is clean and also said that he would give up cricket if he tests positive.

"We reached there at around 7 in the evening and all of a sudden within half an hour of us reaching there, the police raid happened. We didn´t know what was happening, I asked the police officers and they told me that a raid was in progress," said Sharma.

"We have cooperated with the police and have even given medical tests. I belong to a simple family and have not even had a beer in my life, where does the question of attending a rave party arise? I will give up the sport if my tests come out positive. I have told everything to the team management and things would be clear once the medical report comes out," he said.

South African pacer Parnell, who converted to Islam last year, and India leg-spinner Sharma were among the 100 people who were rounded up Sunday after police raided a rave party.

"I don´t do drugs. Myself and Rahul were there at the hotel in a party at the request of a friend. We went there and at 7´o´clock police were all over in the party. We were just at the wrong place at the wrong time," said Parnell in Mumbai.

Asked if the friend, who invited them was an old acquaintance, Parnell said: "It was an old friend and we met him last year. We have been in touch with him since then. We have nothing to do with drugs. We are on the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) list and tested regularly."

The 22-year-old from Port Elizabeth said he and Sharma had given their blood and urine for testing and was confident that they would come out clean.

"We fully co-operated with the cops. We have also given them our blood and urine sample and I am confident that our reports will be negative," said Parnell.

Parnell said after they were rounded up they were separated in two groups of boys and girls and were taken to a hospital.

"We were taken to two-three hospitals and then landed up at the same hospital were the group was there. We have signed all the papers and submitted the documents as well," he said.

The Mumbai Police on Sunday night busted the rave party in Juhu area.

According to Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nagre Patil, all the men and women in the party were taken to Cooper hospital for a blood and urine test.

Cocaine and Ecstasy were recovered from the party, reports said.

Rave parties are characterized by use of drugs like Ecstasy and LSD.

IPL Season Five has been mired in several controversies ranging for molestation charge to spot-fixing and a brawl at the Wankhede Stadium involving Kolkata Knight Rider co-owner Shah Rukh Khan.

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