Johannesburg – Proteas fast bowler Wayne Parnell is unlikely to be punished by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for allegedly taking recreational drugs in India, according to media reports.
Acting CSA CEO Jacques Faul told a leading website on Monday that the sport's national governing had yet to receive anything official from the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) or the Indian police. No charges had been laid against the cricketer.
“To take action against Wayne will be next to impossible at the moment because the whole process over there has been shambolic,” Faul was quoted as saying.
“The police are talking to some sections of the media, but not to the cricket boards. The whole testing procedure was not done according to the standards that normally apply in sport and Wayne would be able to contest any action we take with absolute ease.”
Parnell and Indian cricketer Rahul Sharma, both members of the Indian Premier League team Pune Warriors, were part of a group of 90 people detained after police raided a party and found drugs in Mumbai on May 20.
They were released after their urine and blood samples were taken.
At the time, both Parnell and Sharma denied taking any drugs.
“I was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Parnell said after the incident.
“I was calm because I knew that I hadn't done anything wrong.” – Sapa