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ACB not to press case till B report

Centurion: The Australians have sought the Event Technical Committee’s (ETC’s) permission to replace Shane Warne in the World Cup XV but, even if clearance is given, they won’t act till the B sample report is available.

“The initial move has been made, but nothing more will be done till that second (B sample) report is ready. In any case, we are assuming the ETC will approve a replacement,” a source told The Telegraph Saturday.

In fact, the Australian Cricket Board’s (ACB’s) anti-doping committee will only meet once the B sample report is available. “That should be with the ACB by early next week,” the source added.

Apparently, not just the ACB brass, even Warne’s teammates are “furious” that he disregarded established policy by resorting to ‘medication’ without consulting either the provincial or the ACB’s own panel of doctors.

“That a pro like him can be so callous is simply unthinkable,” the source remarked, pointing out that all first-class cricketers are “thoroughly briefed” about the anti-doping policy (and other issues) before the start of every season.

Warne, it may be recalled, took diuretics — one of “five substances” specifically banned by the ACB — on his mother’s advice. The other banned substances are: Stimulants, narcotics, anabolic agents plus peptide hormones, mimetics and their analogues.

Incidentally, the “prohibited methods” are blood doping plus pharmacological, chemical and physical manipulation.

Ponting hopeful

Meanwhile, captain Ricky Ponting is “hopeful” that Warne will be able to rejoin the squad. He said as much during a Media conference after Saturday’s match.

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