Warney out of World Cup!


Aug 11, 2001
Leg spinner Shane Warne has pulled out of the Cricket World Cup after apparently taking a banned substance while recovering from a shoulder injury, according to reports on Australian TV.

Channel Seven television reported on Tuesday that "Shane Warne is returning home from the World Cup after inadvertently taking a banned drug" reports newsagency Reuters.

Warne and Australian Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive James Sutherland have scheduled a news conference in Johannesburg for 7am – just hours before Australia's World Cup opener against Pakistan is due to start.

My oh my oh my....... :rolleyes:

Oh well, he was a chucker of the ball anyway... :D
Unfor-Tune-atly he doesn't have the same team of lawyers, or official back-up from his sports body to pull off the same stunt. He's going to sing a different Tune!!! :D :D :D
Looks like they are going to miss him out there today. Ausies are on 95/4 after 18 overs. :cool:
It's a shame, really. As much as I hate Warney getting the better of our batsmen, just as much I enjoy and appreciate his awesome skill with the cricketball. He remains an awesome cricketer imo. It's sad not to see him in action here at the WC.
:mad: A sad state of affairs...I suppose the Ausies had to get a excuse if they loose the CWC ... We did not have Warne:D ;)

Naah!! just kidding guys...No it is a shame...I picked him as a specialist bowler in a competition and now that he is out they have replaced him with Brad Hogg??:(

Maybe you can tell me but I have no clue how good he is.
I wonder if he will be treated like all those dope head cyclists? I bet not :D

Second test positive
By Michael Warner
February 18, 2003

SHANE WARNE faces a maximum two-year ban from cricket after a second urine test tested positive for a banned diuretic.

The Australian Sports Drug Agency is believed to have informed Warne yesterday that the second sample also tested positive.

The B-test came from the same test conducted by the agency at the SCG on January 22 this year.

Under ASDA protocol, Warne has seven days to ask for an internal inquiry or appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Warne - who spent the day locked in talks with lawyers and public relations advisers - is preparing a defence to explain how the diuretic came to be in his system.

Diuretics are banned under International Cricket Council laws because of their ability to mask performance-enhancing and muscle-building drugs, including steroids. But Warne claims he was given a single diuretic tablet by his mother Brigitte for vanity purposes on the eve of a press conference to announce his pending retirement from one-day cricket on January 22.

His mother sometimes uses the prescription blood pressure pills as a weight-loss aid.

It emerged yesterday that Warne's lawyers are expected to argue that the type of diuretic used by Warne was not strong enough to hide traces of steroids. He faces a possible two-year ban from all cricket unless he is able to prove exceptional circumstances.

ASDA spokesman Shawn Winnett said yesterday he could not comment on the result of Warne's second sample.

"Technically the process is still only between us and Shane," Mr Winnett said.

Victorian Supreme Court Justice Bill Gillard - who chaired the ACB's two previous anti-doping hearings - yesterday ruled himself out of the Warne case. Justice Gillard revealed that he had acted for Warne during a "procedural matter" 10 years ago.

Meanwhile, the ACB is expected to wait until after the Warne hearing before announcing a replacement for the World Cup squad in South Africa.

Former off-spinner Peter Taylor yesterday was selected to sit on the three-person Australian Cricket Board anti-doping committee. Taylor played 13 Tests for Australia but was dumped from the side to make way for Warne in January 1992. He did not play Test cricket again.

Queensland Justice Glen Williams and medical specialist Dr Susan White complete the ACB panel that will decide Warne's cricketing fate.

But a date for the hearing remains unclear because the champion leg spinner is yet to notify the board of the findings of the test of his B-sample.

Herald Sun
Well, the Aussies should have a cruise to World Cup glory now that SA are virtually out of the Super Sixes. I don't want to sound like a pessimist, but you gotta face reality.
Originally posted by Vo2
Well, the Aussies have should have a cruise to World Cup glory now that SA are virtually out of the Super Sixes. I don't want to sound like a pessimist, but you gotta face reality.

Thats true, they were the only team that could have came close to giving us a run for our money :D Maybe NZ could be a dark horse?
NZ didn't win the game on Sunday, we lost it. I still reckon the Windies can go far if they apply themselves.
'Devastated' Warne will appeal ban
By Roger Vaughan
February 22, 2003

SHANE WARNE'S reputation was in tatters and his sporting career in the balance today after he was found guilty of doping and banned from playing cricket for 12 months.

But Warne said he would appeal the verdict and vigorously protested his innocence.

"I feel I am a victim of anti-doping hysteria," said Warne, who added he was "absolutely devastated" by today's finding.

The three-person Australian Cricket Board (ACB) anti-doping committee found him guilty of using a prohibited method after he tested positive to the diuretics hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride on January 22.

The ban takes effect from February 10 and prohibits Warne from playing for Australia, Victoria, English county side Hampshire or his Melbourne district team St Kilda.

He stands to lose most of the $1.5 million a year he earns from cricket and sponsorship deals, including his estimated $500,000 ACB contract which is also suspended for a year.

Warne insisted the tablet he took which led to the positive test was only to improve his appearance and not to mask performance-enhancing drugs.

He said he did not blame mother Brigitte, who Warne claimed had given him the pill.

"I feel that a 12-month suspension is a very harsh penalty for not checking what I took with anyone," he said.

"I have never blamed my mum, I thought it was important to clarify where the tablet came from.

"It had nothing to do with cricket or trying to mask anything. It had to do with appearance.

"Playing for Australia and Victoria is my love and I would never knowingly put that in jeopardy. I love playing cricket too much.

"To the Australian team, you don't need me to win the World Cup - you have the talent, the passion and the desire to bring the Cup back to all of us here in Australia."

The offence Warne was charged with carries a two year ban and it was not immediately clear how the committee arrived at a 12 month suspension.

An "exceptional circumstances" defence is available under ACB rules but ACB chief executive James Sutherland said the committee had found this did not apply.

Sutherland said the board was "comfortable" with the finding.

He said it was a complex case and the full reasons for the finding would be released "at a later date".

"Generally, no one's happy about the circumstances around this case, it's unfortunate," he said.

"The anti-doping committee found there were no exceptional circumstances which would justify the charge being dismissed.

"The committee confirmed the mere presence of diuretics in the sample constituted use of a prohibited method."

Sutherland added the board regarded this as "an isolated incident".

Diuretics can be used to mask other drugs, such as steroids, and this was the reason for the more serious "prohibited method" charge.

The committee handed down the finding at 1pm (AEDT) today after yesterday's all-day hearing at ACB headquarters.

Seven as-yet unnamed witnesses were called yesterday - four on behalf of the ACB and three called by Warne's legal team.

National chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said a replacement for Australia's greatest wicket taker in the World Cup squad had already been decided upon.

The identity of that player, probably either Queensland off-spinner Nathan Hauritz or New South Wales leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, could be revealed later today.