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Warne's 'B' sample also positive

Neena Bhandari in Sydney | February 18, 2003 11:07 IST

Australian leg spinner Shane Warne's 'B' sample also tested positive for the banned diuretics and the cricketer now faces a maximum two-year ban from international cricket.

Diuretics are masking agents and could be used to conceal the presence of performance-enhancing steroids or stimulants and that is why they are banned in sports.

The Australian Sports Drug Agency, which carried out the tests, is believed to have informed Warne about the second positive test.

Warne, Australia's leading wicket-taker in both Tests and one-day cricket, admitted taking a 'fluid tablet', which
he did not know contained prohibited substances but has maintained that he did not take any performance enhancing

Warne, who has been consulting his lawyers, has seven days under ASDA protocol to ask for an internal inquiry or
appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

According to the Sun Herald, Warne's lawyers are expected to argue that the type of diuretic used by the leg spinner was not strong enough to hide traces of steroids.

Warne was tested in Melbourne on January 22, a day before he announced he would quit one-day cricket.

The result of the test on Warne's 'A' sample came to light hours before Australia were to start their World Cup campaign against Pakistan in South Africa.

Warne was forced to return home in a huff to await the result of the test on his 'B' sample and subsequently appear for a hearing before a drugs tribunal.

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Sub: Is drugs really a problem in cricket?

I cannot see how performance enhancing drugs can make a difference to a spin bowler, except for his fielding if anything at all. Banning drugs ...

Posted by Soumya Sanyal

Sub: Diuretics DO NOT ALTER the level of Steroid in Urine

Diuretics INCREASE the Urine Output and so the level of any substance in Urine will get diluted so that it may go below the reference ...


Sub: reg shane warn

this is right step taken by icc. from this time eac player will teach how & what to do in every match. brave ho icc ...

Posted by sandip


This shows how much fair the authorities there are.The indians and other countries too should learn a lesson or two from the hard decesions they ...

Posted by Vivan Malik

Sub: Poor Warnie

Poor Warne, I don't think he has taken any performance enhancing drugs. Having said that, he should go through the to process of ICC and ...

Posted by Kiran Kumar Vootori


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