Shane Warne on February 11, 2003, tested positive for a banned substance prior to the World Cup opener against Pakistan.
Warne had already been involved in a â€œmatch-fixingâ€ scandal in the mid-90s, when he supplied pitch and weather-related information to an Indian bookie. He had lost the Australian vice-captaincy in 2000 after a phone sex affair with a British nurse came to light. The same year, he was given $200,000 to quit smoking and was caught on camera by a schoolboy puffing away. On almost all occasions, Warne had resorted to the defence that it was his personal life and the public had no affair to intervene, which was paradoxical considering he was a public figure.
Shane Warne said he was "shocked and devastated" at being sent home from the World Cup for failing a drugs test and insisted he had not knowingly taken a banned substance.
Australian Cricket Board chief executive officer James Sutherland confirmed at a Johannesburg press conference this morning that Warne had tested positive for a diuretic - a drug often used to help weight loss or as a masking agent for other drugs.