Mumbai, May 21
Indian Premier League cricketer Rahul Sharma denied any wrongdoing Monday after he and teammate Wayne Parnell were detained by police at a late-night party, in the latest scandal to hit the tournament.
Police said Sharma and South African Parnell, who both play for the Pune Warriors, were among nearly 100 people detained late Sunday at a hotel in Mumbai where a "rave" was busted and drugs were found.
Sharma gave blood and urine samples and following his release, he said they had been invited by a friend to the gathering, a birthday celebration, which had appeared to be a "normal party" before the police arrived.
"When we reached there, the party had already started. There were about 100-odd people, around 15 sofas and a swimming pool," he told reporters.
"I did not find anything suspicious there. I know I am clean. I do not drink, not even beer, I did not find or see anyone taking drugs."
A total of 96 people were detained at the party, where cocaine, MDMA and cannabis were seized, Additional Commissioner Vishwas Nagre Patil told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.