Keith Piper suspended after failing drug test

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The career of Warwickshire wicketkeeper Keith Piper is hanging by a thread after he was suspended for failing a drugs test.

Warwickshire confirmed the suspension which follows the news last week that he had tested positive during their Championship match against Hampshire at Edgbaston last month.

The 35-year-old Piper will appear before an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)disciplinary panel later this week after testing positive for a recreational drug.

A statement from Warwickshire declared: "The club are now in a position to confirm that the England and Wales Cricket Board have received formal notification from UK Sport that Keith Piper has provided a positive test sample for a banned substance.

"The player will attend an ECB hearing on Thursday of this week.

"The player has been suspended pending the outcome of the hearing, after which a formal statement will be issued to clarify the situation."

If the panel finds against him, Piper's career would likely be over as he has already failed an internally-conducted drugs test, in 1997, for which he served a one-match ban.

Piper is the third Warwickshire player to be in such a position.

Paul Smith and Graham Wagg have also served drugs-related bans. Last season Wagg was given a 15-month ban by the ECB after testing positive for cocaine, and suffered a double blow when his Warwickshire contract was duly terminated.

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