ACB names members of panel for Warne drug hearing

Published: Monday, February 17, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Former Test spinner and selector Peter Taylor was on Monday appointed to a three-strong panel, which will adjudicate on Shane Warne's positive drug test. Taylor was named alongside justice Glen Williams from the Queensland Court of Appeal and medical specialist Susan White on the Australian Cricket Board's anti-doping panel to hear the eagerly-awaited case. Warne will almost certainly be driven out of cricket if he receives the minimum two- year ban for testing positive for a banned diuretic, a stimulant that can also conceal the use of steroids. The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said in a statement on Monday that it was yet to receive the result of Warne's 'B' sample drug test and so could not set a date for the panel hearing. In another development on Monday, the ACB said justice Bill Gillard from the Victorian Supreme Court, who was a member of the ACB's previous two anti-doping committees, had ruled himself out of the Warne hearing. The Board said justice Gillard informed the ACB that he had acted for Warne as a barrister on a procedural matter about a decade ago and accordingly had disbarred himself from the panel. The ACB has charged Warne with using a "prohibited method", which draws a minimum two-year ban for the first offence.

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