Jason Krejza had tested positive for cocaine

Published: Friday, October 3, 2008, 15:07 [IST]
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KrejzaNew Delhi: Australia's spin bowler Jason Krejza is likely to make test debut in the Bangalore test said he was the victim of a drink-spiking incident that resulted in a positive drug test two years ago.

Krejza, then a New South Wales player, said his drink was spiked at a nightclub three days before a game also featuring an in-competition dope test. Off-spinner, according to an Australian Newspaper, immediately informed NSW officials and was withdrawn from the match.

"It was terrifying. It was a real shock when it all happened. My first reaction was to go through the correct channels. We are told of these processes all the time, so my immediate reaction was to speak to the appropriate people there," he was quoted as saying.

NSW and Cricket Australia officials endorsed Krejza's version of events and he was not sanctioned for the positive test, the paper said.

Cricket Australia"s acting chief executive Michael Brown confirmed that the positive drug test wouldn"t count against Krejza"s selection. He said, “Based on the information we have received regarding these circumstances, not at all."

He added, "I saw a report recently that stated there were around 4,000 reported cases of drink spiking last year ... and higher profile athletes and celebrities can be targeted. We issue booklets to players warning of the dangers of these kind of incidents. We try to be proactive."


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