CRICKET: Wagg in Wait for Training Decision

The Birmingham Post (England), November 10, 2004 | Go to article overview
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CRICKET: Wagg in Wait for Training Decision


Byline: George Dobell Chief Cricket Writer

Graham Wagg is waiting to hear whether he will be allowed to train at Edgbaston during his ban from cricket.

Wagg was banned for 15 months when traces of cocaine were found during a routine test of his blood. Although Warwickshire immediately announced the termination of Wagg's contract, they also expressed their willingness to provide 'the best possible advice, support and encouragement' to the 21-year-old.

Warwickshire are keen to be seen to be taking a tough stance on drug taking, but do not want to act callously towards a former employee who may yet have a bright future in the game.

Therefore Wagg, who was using the indoor school to train, has now been advised that it would be prudent for him to keep away from Edgbaston until the club have decided whether his presence is appropriate. His invitation to a coaching session with Warwickshire's seam bowlers has also been withdrawn.

The inconsistent approach to drugs in sport has been highlighted recently by the case of footballer Adrian Mutu, who was punished witha seven-month ban for an identical offence to Wagg.

Now Warwickshire want to take the lead in designing a thorough policy to deal with all levels of drug abuse in sport and do not want to set any precedent by making a decision about Wagg before their strategy is formulated.

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