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Warne to arrive in South Africa after World Cup final

Shane Warne, banned from cricket due to a positive drug test, will travel to South Africa for commercial commitments but will not attend Australia's World Cup final against India on Sunday.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2003 14:53 IST

Shane Warne, banned from cricket due to a positive drug test, will travel to South Africa for commercial commitments but will not attend Australia's World Cup final against India on Sunday.

Warne's brother and manager Jason Warne said Friday the legspinner did not want to do anything to distract attention from the Australian team.

"Shane is going back to fulfill some obligations and he wants to take the least away from what the guys are achieving," Jason Warne said. "He will probably go in (to South Africa) as they are going out."

Jason Warne said his brother would be in South Africa "for about a week" to fulfill commercial commitments "with a couple of companies."

Warne was forced to return from South Africa before the tournament began to defend his case against the positive drug test for a banned diuretic. An Australian Cricket Board anti-doping committee handed Warne a 12-month suspension, which ends on Feb 10 of next year.

First Published: Mar 21, 2003 14:53 IST