A day after being detained for attending a sundown party where police found drugs, cricketers Rahul Sharma and Wayne Parnell, both Indian Premier League (IPL) players from the Pune Warriors, said they were confident that they would come out clean.
Sharma even vowed that he would quit cricket forever if found positive for drugs.
Both the players were detained on Sunday night and gave their blood and urine samples early on Monday morning.
“I am teetotaler and never touched beer, leave alone drugs or any such thing and I’m confident that samples taken by the police will test negative for drugs. I approached the police at the party and asked about the reason for the raid. Once I realised the reason, I voluntarily offered to blood and urine samples,” said Sharma, an international Indian leg spinner.
While Sharma has gone back home to Jalandhar, Parnell is still in Mumbai. The IPL players were among the 91 people detained at the party. Other celebrities included designer Rocky S and TV actors Shipla and Apurva Agnihotri. Of the people detained, a chunk of them, 19, were foreign nationals.
But how the IPL players manage to reach the party? Sharma said that he did not know the organisers and went there because Parnell had told him it was his friend’s party and invited him along.
South African player Parnell said, “Rahul and I were at the party at the request of a friend. It’s an old friend and we met him last year. We have been in touch with him since then.”
Sharma said that both the players have not had a chance to talk after they were detained because they were still shocked about what happened.
Both the players gave their blood and urine samples for testing at JJ Hospital in Byculla.
“Fifteen minutes after we entered the party venue, it was raided by the police and they rounded all guests in the party,” Sharma said while ruling out that there was any activity in the party which indicated that it was a rave party.
Parnell emphasised that they had nothing to do with the drugs. “We are on the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) list and tested regularly.”
Both players said they cooperated with the police. “The police did their work and I have no complaint about the cops’ behavior,” said Sharma.
The players have spoken to their team managements.
“I have talked to team management of Pune Warriors, who posed faith in me and asked to face media and explain everything,” added Sharma, saying that he was not sure if there was any conspiracy to defame him.