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Last Updated: Friday, 8 August, 2003, 07:05 GMT 08:05 UK
Warne fury at doping chief
Shane Warne
Warne tested positive for diuretics at the World Cup
Shane Warne has hit back at criticism of the decision to allow him to play in charity matches during a one-year doping ban.

Warne said any decision he made regarding taking part in charity matches was "nothing to do" with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The Australian has denied he will be appearing for Maidstone-based club Lashings in their game against a Mark Ealham XI on 18 August.

But speculation that Warne would play provoked a strong reaction from Wada chairman Dick Pound.

"The ACA (Australian Cricketers' Association) is doing everything in its power to allow a cheater to play," Pound told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

"It is absolutely anti-ethical and against the spirit of the game."

But Warne replied on Friday: "As far as I'm concerned it's got nothing to do with these guys (Wada).

"I'm an employee of Cricket Australia, and both Cricket Australia and us have come to a decision.

Shane's not playing for Lashings, simply because he's unavailable
Jason Warne,
Shane Warne's agent
"I've abided by their rules and had an arbitration meeting and they said I can play in charity games, I can train with the team, I can do all those things."

Warne, the second highest wicket-taker in Tests with 491 victims, was banned for 12 months after testing positive for diuretics in February.

Cricket Australia, the national board, had said the 33-year-old should not be allowed to play any cricket.

But last month it released a joint statement with the ACA, the players' representative body, announcing that an independent arbitrator had cleared the way for Warne to play in charity matches.

And Pound admitted he had been amazed by that decision.

"I don't understand what the ACA is doing," said Pound. "It used to be that the game of cricket was all about ethics.

"Cricket was so honest it produced the line 'that is not cricket', but now we have this situation where it is cricket."

Warne's agent, his brother Jason, confirmed he would not be making the trip to England to play for Lashings.

"The first thing is, Shane has no charity games booked in at the moment," he said. "No, he's not playing for Lashings, simply because he's unavailable."

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