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Juhu rave party: IPL cricketers test positive for drugs

IPL cricketers Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell, who were detained during a raid on a rave party in Mumbai, have tested positive for drugs consumed at the high-profile party in May.

Both players, who represented Pune Warriors India (PWI) in the lucrative T20 tournament's fifth edition, were among the approximately 100 people detained by the Mumbai Police.

The Mumbai Police today confirmed that Rahul along with South African cricketer Wayne Parnell, who were arrested at a rave party in Juhu on May 20, tested positive for drugs. 

Sharma is currently in Sri Lanka as part of the Indian national cricket squad for the ODI series.

Rahul Sharma, Wayne Parnell
Indian leggie Rahul Sharma (left) and South African pacer Wayne Parnell are in a pickle. File Pic

Responding to the news, the BCCI today said it would not jump the gun and "execute" Rahul Sharma without conducting a proper investigation. They are among the 100-odd people who were detained by the police on that day.

When asked, BCCI president N Srinivasan about what will be the parent's body's stance on this issue, he seemed a bit angry. "I don't know why everyone is in a mood to execute Rahul Sharma without even going into the details," Srinivasan said.

"The BCCI will first procure each and every bit of relevant information and then study them before deciding on the course of action," he added.

Earlier, the South African left-arm pacer, had claimed that he and fellow teammate Rahul Sharma were innocent and that they were "at the wrong place at the wrong time" after being detained during the raid at Juhu's Oakwood Hotel.

"We weren't aware of any drugs there or any rave party. It is unfortunate we were there. But at the end of the day, it was just a simple case of being at a wrong place at the wrong time," Mr Parnell had said.

Sharma, his PWI team mate and India spinner, had asserted, "I am sure my results won't be positive.If tests are positive, I'll quit cricket."

Apart from the cricketers, TV actor Apurva Agnihotri, fashion designer Rocky S and former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi's son have also tested positive.

During the raid, the police had also seized 110 grams of cocaine and MDMA from the hotel.

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