South African bowler Wayne Parnell has been given bail by a court in Mumbai after being charged for testing positively for drugs.
South Africa and Pune Warriors bowler Wayne Parnell has been defending himself in a Mumbai court on charges of testing positively for recreational drugs.
Parnell has been granted bail by the court after he was arrested during a police raid on a party he was at last year.
Both the South African and fellow Pune bowler Rahul Sharma were charged after the party, but Sharma has already obtained bail and was able to play for the Warriors during their IPL defeat to Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
Parnell on the other hand will not be able to feature for the franchise until he has been given clearance by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“He is going through the process and we don’t believe there is any substance to the charges,” Tony Irish, the CEO of the South African Cricketers’ Association said to ESPNcricinfo.
“The next step is for the prosecution to see if there is any sufficient evidence to have a trial or if they will dismiss the charges.”
The South African has protested his innocence throughout the whole procedure and is confident he will be playing in the IPL very soon.
By being granted bail it is more likely that the BCCI will be able to speed up Parnell’s clearance to play and he should return to help Pune’s cause in the near future.
The two IPL cricketers were among 90 people who were detained at the party in Mumbai last year, of which 86 were found to have traces of either cocaine, MDMA or cannabis in their system.