Feb 11 Shane warne gets sent home (2003)

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Feb 11 Shane warne gets sent home (2003)

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11th February 2003
Shane Warne gets sent home

Shane Warne gets sent home
On this day in 2003, Shane Warne was sent home from the World Cup in South Africa after testing positive for a banned diuretic ahead of Australia's first game. The legendary leg-spinner claimed that he took only one of the so-called 'fluid tablet' given to him by his mother to improve his appearance. A committee setup by the Australian Cricket Board found Warne guilty of breaching the team's drug code and imposed a one-year ban on their talisman. Warne, who weeks earlier, had made a complete recovery from a shoulder injury, was sent back to Australia immediately. Despite losing Warne, Australia embarked on an unbeaten campaign and went on to defeat India in the finals at Johannesburg. Incidentally, Shane Warne wouldn't go on to feature in another World Cup game. An unfortunate end in the World Cups for a champion cricketer.

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