Sat, 22 Aug 2009 10:28:38 GMT
Hall of Infamy: Doping cases in cricket

Hall of Infamy: Doping cases in cricket

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In February 2003, just prior to the start of the World Cup, legendary spinner Shane Warne was sent home from South Africa after a drug test during the one-day series in Australia earlier in the year returned a positive result for a banned diuretic. Warne initially claimed that he took only one of what he called a "fluid tablet" – the prescription drug Moduretic — in an attempt to improve his appearance.

In the end, the panel found Warne guilty of breaching the ACB's drug code, and imposed a one-year ban. It was further revealed, and confirmed by Warne in a subsequent television interview, that he had actually taken two of the pills. The substance he took is banned because it can be used to mask the presence of other drugs.