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IPL drug raid case: Wayne Parnell hearing adjourned to May 2

It was a frustrating day for South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell, who flew into the city from Bangladesh to appear in the sessions court yesterday.

South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell (left) with a lawyer outside the city sessions court yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK
South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell (left) with a lawyer outside the city sessions court yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK 

He was appearing for a hearing related to a 2012 drug-abuse case, but after a two-hour wait, he was informed that the hearing had been adjourned to May 2 as judge MT Gaikwad, who was to hear the case, was on leave.

The 24-year-old's name was omitted from SA's World T20 team list taking on the Netherlands yesterday so that he could be present here yesterday.

Parnell was among those arrested during a raid at a party in a Mumbai suburb two years ago, where 86 people allegedly tested positive for drug use.

At that time he was part of Indian Premier League franchise Sahara Pune Warriors. Parnell maintained he was innocent after being released on bail, following an appearance in court last year.

Yesterday Parnell reached court at 11am along with his agent Donne Commins and a lawyer.

On entering the court premises, he headed straight to Court No 44, where his case was to be heard. However, the cricketer was merely given a fresh date.

A visibly frustrated Parnell, who did not wish to comment, walked out of court and immediately left for the airport to join his teammates in Bangladesh.

"Wayne had been called to appear before the court today but the judge is on leave. Hence, they have given us another date. We must respect the law and cannot go against it. I am sure Wayne wouldn't let this affect his performance in the on-going World T20," said Commins.

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