What happened to Shane Warne after he got banned from cricket in 2003?

The spinner pleaded his innocence but it wasn't enough as he received a one-year ban from playing all forms of cricket.

Shane Warne was stopped from playing in the 2003 World Cup after testing positive for banned diuretics.

Warne accused the Australian Cricket Board's drugs tribunal of bowing to "anti-doping hysteria" after they handed him a 12-month suspension for using a prohibited substance as a masking agent.

The then 33-year-old came out fighting after Queensland judge Glen Williams QC announced the three-man panel had found him guilty of breaching the ACB's drugs code.

The verdict came as a body blow for the leg-spinner, who had insisted from the outset that the fluid tablet he took from his mother was purely to make him look good in front of the television cameras.

Shane Warne

The tribunal decided that defence did not constitute "exceptional circumstances" - which would have justified dismissing the charge under ACB policy - and therefore found him guilty.

"I would like to say I am absolutely devastated and very upset at the committee's decision to suspend me for 12 months and I will appeal," Warne said.

"I feel I am a victim of the anti-doping hysteria. I also want to repeat that I have never taken any performance-enhancing drugs and never will.

"I feel a 12-month suspension is a very harsh penalty for not checking what I took with anyone. Playing for Australia and Victoria is my love. I would never knowingly put that in jeopardy. I love playing cricket too much."

On this day in 2003: Shane Warne handed 12-month ban after taking diuretic

Diuretics are commonly used to aid weight loss by ridding the body of any excess fluids but are banned in sport because they can mask the detection of steroids in the system.

What has happened since?

If you thought that this was the end of Shane Warne then you thought wrong.

Warne returned to cricket following his ban and took over 1,000 wickets in Tests and one-day internationals across his career before retiring from international cricket in January 2007.

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