Friday 19 September 2008 

Xavier Marshall Out Of Super Series After Positive Test

Jamaican batsman Xavier Marshall failed a drugs test at the recent Stanford training camp and will miss the Stanford Super Series as a result.

Marshall had been replaced in the squad by Travis Dowlin with no reason given for his withdrawal before reports this morning suggested he had tested positive for an as yet unnamed substance.

"The attorneys are looking into the matter and will advise us on the course of action," Donald Peters, chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said.

"WICB has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and the matter could come up to the disciplinary committee. We are looking at a time frame of two weeks."

Tonito Willets, a Leeward Islands all-rounder, also tested positive during the camp for the 32 players selected for the lucrative Twenty20 series which sees England, the Stanford Superstars, Middlesex and Trinidad & Tobago competing before England take on the Superstars for $20 million.

Marshall recently hit the headlines for the right reasons when he smashed a record 12 sixes in a One Day International against Canada.

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