Wednesday 26 March 2014 

Parnell To Miss Netherlands Game To Appear In Court

Wayne Parnell
Wayne Parnell will miss South Africa's game against the Netherlands
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South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell will miss the Proteas' next ICC World Twenty20 match against the Netherlands to attend a mandatory court hearing in Mumbai.

Parnell will head to India to appear in relation to drug-related charges made against him during the Indian Premier League 2012.

He denies any wrongdoing and was released on bail following a court appearance in Mumbai last year.

He will now appear again tomorrow (27th January) while his team-mates play their third game of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

"Wayne has been called to appear before the court in India purely for procedural purposes in relation to the courts ongoing administration of the case concerned," his manager Donne Commins said.

"Our understanding is that there will be no substantive enquiries made of him at the hearing, nor will the matter be progressed otherwise than as a matter of procedure."

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee added: "We were made aware before the T20 World Cup that Wayne would have to travel to India to appear in court as a matter of procedure and we have made provision for this in our planning.

"It's unfortunate to lose him for a game in the middle of an important tournament him but we must respect the law. 

"Furthermore, Wayne has expressed no wrongdoing so we hope that the case can be concluded as soon as possible."

South Africa lost their opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka but fought back to beat New Zealand by two runs, Parnell not featuring in either game.

He will join up with the squad again on Friday (28th March).

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