ICC World Twenty20: Wayne Parnell released from South Africa squad to attend court hearing on drugs charge

Wayne Parnell was detained by the Mumbai Police for use of illegal drugs in a party in Juhu during Indian Premier League 2012. The South African all-rounder will miss the ICC World Twenty20 clash versus the Netherlands on Thursday.

updated: March 26, 2014 14:14 IST
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South Africa's left-arm medium-pacer Wayne Parnell (right in pic) has been released from the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 squad to attend a compulsory Mumbai court hearing in relation to the drug charges levelled against him during the Indian Premier League 2012. On May 20, 2012, the Mumbai police detained 90 people from a party in a hotel of which 86 had tested positive for illegal drugs. This list included Parnell and his erstwhile Pune Warriors India teammate, Rahul Sharma.

Parnell, who did not play South Africa's first two games in the Super-10 stage, is now set to miss South Africa's next match against the Netherlands at Chittagong on Thursday. (World Twenty20 points table)

According to Cricket South Africa website, Parnell's manager, Donne Commins said, "Wayne has been called to appear before the court in India purely for procedural purposes in relation to the courts ongoing administration of the case concerned. Our understanding is that there will be no substantive enquiries made of him at the hearing, nor will the matter be progressed otherwise than as a matter of procedure."

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