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Doug Bracewell blames pet parrot’s demise for drink-driving

Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a third drink-driving offence.

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Doug Bracewell, who has also played 14 one-day internationals and 14 Twenty20 internationals, was previously caught drink driving in 2008 and 2010 and has been involved in a string of alcohol-fuelled incidents. (Source: AP)

New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracelwell was slapped a sentence to 100 hours of community service for a drin-driving offence. The fast bowler in his defence blamed the killing of his pet parrot by the dogs that led him to do the act.

The Kiwi bowler was held by the police in March and when tested, he returned with a blood-alcohol reading of three times more than what is legally allowed.

Apart from getting a sentence to 100 hours of community service, Bracewell’s driving has also been disqualified fr an year.

“This offending in my submissions should be seen as an unfortunate hiccup and something that doesn’t reflect the man he has become or the sportsman,” the newspaper quoted Mackintosh as saying.

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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said it would not impose any additional penalty.

“NZC notes Mr Bracewell suffered a serious leg injury in February and is unlikely to resume his competitive cricket career until next summer,” local media quoted the organisation as saying in a statement.

“Under these circumstances, and considering the penalty imposed in the Hastings District Court today, NZC will be taking no further punitive action.”

The fast bowler has played 14 ODIs and 13 T20I for New Zealand. This is not the first time that Bracewell has been held for this offense. He was previously caught drink driving in 2008 and 2010.

(With inputs from Reuters)