Will quit cricket, if tests are positive: Rahul

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Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 12:02 [IST]
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Will quit cricket, if tests are positive

Mumbai, May 22: Pune Warriors' Rahul Sharma says he is innocent a day after he was detained on charges of consuming banned drugs at a rave party in Mumbai on Sunday.

The 25 year old cricketer admitted that he had been to the place which was raided, but said he wasn't aware of such a party, instead he accompanied his friend to attend a friend's birthday party that was scheduled at the same venue.

"I was told this was a birthday party, hence I went with my friend. When we reached there, it seemed like a normal party which I usually attend. The cops wanted to check us, and we allowed. We were then taken to the hospital, and they cleared us," Rahul said.

He further added saying that he was confident of the results being negative, as he had not consumed any drugs at the venue and also pledged that he would quit cricket if the reports are not in favour of the cricketer.

"I am sure my results won't be positive," he said. He also added that he is hearing about rave party for the first time."If tests are positive, I'll leave cricket," Rahul said.

"My family knows about me; I have worked hard, played cricket for my country, I will never do such a thing in my life, my father trusts me a lot. I have never even touched beer forget touching something like this," he said.

It is learnt that Rahul Sharma and his teammate Wayne Parnell were among the 100 who were detained at the Oak Woods Hotel in Juhu on Sunday night and were let off on Monday. There were reports about many other IPL players who were present at the party but they managed to leave the venue before police raided the hotel.

Though there is no confirmation on whether they had consumed those drugs or not, as test reports are awaited after they collected blood and urine samples of 52 men and 38 women at the Cooper Hospital while Police have said they will take action on those whose samples showed traces of drugs in it.

Police also seized about 110 grams of cocaine and drugs like Ecstasy from the party venue. Apart from conducting medical tests for people who were detained, police also arrested the man who organised the party, Vijay Vishesh Handa under the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.


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