One of Australia’s top cricketers has been officially warned by the Cricket Australia (CA) after he admitted to being a part of social circles that were involved in cocaine.
According to reports, the player, who hasn’t been named, did not test positive for the drug, and the CA didn’t take any action against him.
The player was counselled after the incident, which transpired last year and alcohol was also involved.
It is believed the player admitted his involvement after he was confronted with the drug allegations, but since his counselling, there has been no substance issues.
It is understood that CA acted on the allegations after the player''s social actions set off alarm bells, and the governing body refused to make any comment on the issue.
“We are not in a position to comment - our principle is confidentiality,” News.com.au quoted a CA spokesperson, as saying to an Australian paper.
“The first response to a positive test, which we haven''t had, would be in theory to work with the player in a confidential, professional and appropriate and medically focused manner,” the spokesperson added.
No current Australian players have tested positive to drugs. But in 2003, Shane Warne was sent home from the World Cup after testing positive for a banned diuretic.
Although Warne claimed he didn't know Moduretic (the prescription drug) was illegal, he was found guilty of breaching the drug code and was banned for one year.
In 2006, spinner Jason Krejza tested positive to cocaine after complaining his drink was spiked. Subsequent tests revealed no further trace of the drug and his story was accepted.
India's Rahul Sharma and South Africa's Wayne Parnell were said to have tested positive after police raided a party in Mumbai during 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL), but no charges have been framed.