Sharma faces arrest; BCCI stands by him
Jalandhar-born Indian spinner Rahul Sharma's participation in the ODI series against Sri Lanka was on Friday thrown into jeopardy after he tested positive for drugs in a rave party in Mumbai in May this year, making his arrest inevitable.chandigarh Updated: Jul 21, 2012 11:26 IST
Jalandhar-born Indian spinner Rahul Sharma's participation in the ODI series against Sri Lanka was on Friday thrown into jeopardy after he tested positive for drugs in a rave party in Mumbai in May this year, making his arrest inevitable.
On the eve of the series opener at Hambantota, the Indian camp was rocked by the shocking development of the young leg-spinner testing positive along with South African cricketer Wayne Parnell.
The two were among many celebrities who attended a rave party at a plush hotel in suburban Juhu and Mumbai Police today confirmed that they were among the 42 who tested positive for drugs.
The BCCI, however, stood by the cricketer and said it would investigate the matter thoroughly before deciding the future course of action.
"I don't know why everyone is in a mood to execute Rahul Sharma without even going into the details," Srinivasan told PTI.
"The BCCI will first procure each and every bit of relevant information and then study them before deciding on the course of action," he added.
The Indian team's media manager Ravi Jain said they had not received any communication in this regard from the BCCI yet. "We have not received any communication from BCCI, So, it would not be proper for me to comment anything on this at this stage," Jain told PTI.
Might have committed mistake unknowingly: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday stood behind Rahul Sharma, saying the young leg-spinner probably committed the "mistake unknowingly" and he, therefore, should not lose his place in the national team for the offence.
"It's disappointing but I think it's a mistake rather than a routine thing. He's a young boy; he had gone for a party where, probably I am not sure whether knowingly or unknowingly, he had it," Ganguly said.
"I don't think it was a performance enhancing drug for which he should be punished. I think it was one unfortunate incident which should not cost him his India place," he said.
First Published: Jul 20, 2012 23:33 IST