Mumbai rave party: Rahul, Parnell claim innocence

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: A day after he was detained by the Mumbai police after they busted a rave party at Oakwood Premier Hotel in Mumbai, Pune Warriors India player Rahul Sharma claimed innocence on Monday saying that even though he was present at the venue, it was just to attend a party and he didn’t consume any sort of drugs. The leg-spinner went a step ahead to say emphatically that if he tested positive, he would quit playing cricket.

Speaking to a television channel, Rahul Sharma added that Wayne Parnell, who accompanied him to the venue and is also a PWI player, is a ‘teetotaler’ and a ‘decent’ guy which is why he went with him to the birthday party.

Meanwhile the South African cricketer too reiterated the same and said on a philosophical note that getting caught at the rave party was just a case of being at the ‘wrong place at the wrong time.’

"I and Rahul were invited to someone`s birthday. We got there about 5:00pm in the afternoon and by 7:00 pm the police officers were there. Obviously, once we were inside we got caught indoors," he said,” Parnell said.

Speaking to a television channel, the left-arm seamer said that there was a party in process on the pool terrace and they were not a part of it.

"We weren`t aware of any drugs there or any rave party. It was out on a pool terrace," he clarified.

He added that he had the backing from his franchise officials as he is not guilty.

Meanwhile, the BCCI and the IPL on Monday refused to comment or act against the media reports regarding the two Pune Warriors cricketers.

Although the Indian Cricket Board secretary Sanjay Jagdale said that the BCCI and IPL were aware of the reports, they will not make any statements till the results of the investigation are out.

"The BCCI-IPL is aware of media reports regarding two cricketers, Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma, and a party in a Mumbai hotel on Sunday evening," said Jagdale in a media release.

The police seized approximately 110 grams of cocaine along with MDMA, Ecstasy and charas from the spot. The people detained, mostly foreign nationals were taken to two hospitals for medical tests.

Well, IPL 2012 has already been marred with controversies related to spot-fixing, stadium brawl and molestation and now this new saga in the long list of scandals plaguing the T20 game has further added to the woes of the cash-rich tourney. One of the most entertaining seasons of the IPL is clearly making more news off the field at the moment.

With PTI inputs