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ACA asks team to take care of Krejza

cricket Updated: Oct 04, 2008 16:16 IST

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Austrtalian Cricket Association (ACA) has asked the national team in India to take care of Jason Krejza after the spinner disclosed that he had tested positive for cocaine in 2006 as his drink was spiked.

ACA Chief Executive Paul Marsh said that he was satisfied with the handling of the Krejza matter by the player as well as the Cricket NSW but felt there were concerns about the welfare of the 25-year-old, who is expected to make his Test debut against India in Bangalore next week.

"I have contacted some of the guys in the team, asking them to let us know if there is anything we can do for him (Krejza)," Marsh said.

"I don't think Krejza can concentrate on his cricket because this is going to be a pretty important week for him," he was quoted as saying by 'The Age' on Saturday.

Marsh also confirmed that all players are warned about the dangers of drink-spiking, and told to keep a close watch on their drinks in public places, according to the paper.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Krejza's predecessor Colin Miller had also reported a similar incident to Cricket Australia's chief medical officer Trefor James after he returned from Australia's 2001 tour of India.

Miller said that he "lost 12 hours of my life" after he was given a drink with some unusual lacing at a Melbourne hotel.

The offie said that he believed the substance was GBH, the drug also known as liquid ecstasy, and immediately reported his experience because he feared a positive drug test.

"I know what Krejza is going through because it happened to me. It wasn't like anything I had felt with alcohol. I rang Trefor James straightaway and said my drink's been spiked because if I had been tested, I could have been rubbed out for two years or something," he said.