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'Will quit cricket, if found guilty'
Rajeev Bhaskar, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, May 21, 2012
First Published: 16:05 IST(21/5/2012)
Last Updated: 00:06 IST(22/5/2012)

A day after being detained at a rave party in Mumbai, cricketer Rahul Sharma on Monday vowed he would quit cricket if his blood and urine samples tested positive for drugs.

"I know I am innocent. If the reports are positive, I will leave cricket," the leg-spinner told HT on reaching his house from Mumbai.

"I am teetotaler and never touched even beer (sic), leave apart drugs," said the Pune Warriors India player who went to the party with his Indian Premier League team-mate Wayne Parnell, the South African pace bowler who was also detained.

On how he landed up at the party at the Oakwood Premier Hotel in suburban Juhu, Sharma said Parnell had asked him to accompany him to a friend's party.

Sharma, who has played three One-Day Internationals and two T20 matches for India after impressive performances in the IPL last year, said he did not see any activity at the event that would indicate it to be a rave party.

Rave parties are largely known to be centred on drug use. Sharma said he had approached the police and enquired about the reason for the raid during which 96 people were detained.

"I have no complaint against the police behaviour. It was their work and they did it accordingly."

"I talked to the team (Pune Warriors India) management. They reposed faith in me and asked me to face the media and explain everything."

He dismissed talk that IPL should be banned because of off-field controversies.

Parnell, meanwhile, told a news channel he and Sharma were innocent and "at the wrong place at the wrong time." He said a friend he had met during last year's IPL had invited them to a "birthday".

The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) and IPL reserved comment "until the results of the investigation… are known".

With inputs from PTI.


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