Rahul Sharma dropped for attending rave party?

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Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012, 15:49 [IST]
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Rahul axed for attending rave party?

Bangalore, Aug 10: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have "punished" young legspinner Rahul Sharma for attending a rave party, after he was not picked for next month's ICC World Twenty20 2012.

Rahul, who was part of the India One Day International team on the Sri Lanka tour recently, has missed out on a berth for World T20. The selectors announced the 15-man Indian squad on Friday.

Rahul's omission might be the result of him testing positive for drug usage at a rave party in Mumbai in May. The Mumbai police had announced last month that Rahul was one of the 44 who tested positive.

During the fifth season of Indian Premier League (IPL5), Rahul, who plays for Pune Warriors, and his team-mate Wayne Parnell (South Africa) had attended a rave party at a hotel in Mumbai which was later raided by police.

The news of his positive report was revealed on the eve of India's first ODI against Sri Lanka on July 21. Rahul did not play that game but featured in one ODI on July 28.

"Of the 44, two females tested negative, while the rest are positive," said Deputy Police Commissioner Pratap Dighaokar was quoted in the media last month.

The BCCI, however, stood by the cricketer. "I don't know why everyone is in a mood to execute Rahul Sharma without even going into the details," said Srinivasan.

"The BCCI will first procure each and every bit of relevant information and then study them before deciding on the course of action," he had added.

But the Rahul's axing from the Indian team might be the direct result of that drug usage report. BCCI selection committee, headed by Kris Srikkanth and the officials of the Indian board will need to tell the cricketer why he was dropped.

Till any official version is out, one will assume that Rahul is "punished" for being there at that rave party.


Story first published:  Friday, August 10, 2012, 15:36 [IST]
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