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Published: Friday, March 1, 2002, 21:52 [IST]
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Melbourne: New South Wales (NSW) batsman Graeme Rummans has been suspended from all cricket for one month and fined $ 1,000 dollars after testing positive for a banned substance, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said on Friday.

The ACB's Anti-Doping Committee imposed the punishment after a seven-hour hearing late on Thursday. Rummans was suspended after testing positive to the masking agent probenecid, which he is believed to have taken to treat a boil on his shoulder. Rummans' suspension is effective from last Sunday and applies to all levels of the game. The suspension effectively ends Rummans' season with NSW. He is free to continue with Sydney Club side St George when the ban expires. Rummans is the second Australian cricketer in less than a year to be suspended for testing positive for a banned substance. West Australian paceman Duncan Spencer was banned for 18 months in April last year after he was found to have taken a banned steroid nandrolone, considered far more serious than probenecid.

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