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    Rave party: Rahul, Parnell test positive

    New Delhi: Indian legspinner Rahul Sharma and South Africa's Wayne Parnell have tested positive for taking drugs at a rave party in May.

    However, Rahul Sharma is presently in Sri Lanka for the one-day series starting on Saturday.

    The two international cricketers who played in the fifth edition of IPL for Pune Warriors India were arrested at a rave party that took place in Mumbai on May 20. Both the players were released on bonds after undergoing medical tests and their samples sent for medical examination.

    Moreover, Sharma's participation in the ODI series against Sri Lanka was thrown into jeopardy after testing positive.

    On the eve of the series opener at Hambantota, the Indian camp was rocked by the shocking news about the legspinner and Parnell. The two were among many celebrities who attended a rave party at a plush hotel in suburban Juhu and Mumbai Police on Saturday confirmed that they were among the 42 who tested positive for drugs.

    However, the Indian team's media manager Ravi Jain said that they have not received any communication in this regard from the BCCI yet.

    "We have not received any communication from BCCI. So, it would not be proper for me to comment anything on this at this stage," Jain said. Jain also declined to comment whether the spinner would be fielded for Saturday's match in the wake of the recent development.

    The Mumbai Police received reports of blood samples of 44 out of the 90 people, who had attended the rave party. These 44 people include Sharma and Parnell and 38 women, according to police sources.

    (with inputs from PTI)