Sri Lanka news December 10, 2015

ICC clarifies Kusal's dope-test date


According to the ICC, Kusal Perera tested positive for a sample taken in October, and not earlier in the year © Associated Press

The ICC has clarified that Kusal Perera's positive sample had been taken on October 12, and not during the Pakistan series, as a Sri Lanka Cricket statement had earlier said. Perera was withdrawn from Sri Lanka's ongoing tour of New Zealand after being provisionally suspended on Monday, and is currently in Sri Lanka mulling his response to the ICC's Notice of Charge.

"The sample Perera provided in an out-of-competition test, which was conducted on 12 October 2015, was found to contain the presence of a Prohibited Substance (in the category of non-Specified Substances)," a statement on the ICC's website said.

SLC's original release had specified the "recent Pakistani Tour" as the series in which Perera had provided the sample. Pakistan toured Sri Lanka in June and July. According to the ICC, Perera had actually provided the sample two days before Sri Lanka's Test against West Indies in Galle, where the wicketkeeper-batsman struck 23 runs, took three catches and effected two stumpings.

Sri Lanka's interim coach Jerome Jayaratne had also said the medication Perera took for a leech bite on his foot had at one stage been suspected to contain the offending substance. Sri Lanka's management, however, have since confirmed that medication did not contain any banned substances.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • d on December 12, 2015, 16:44 GMT

    Upul Tharanga would have been useless in Nz lively decks anyway, as proved with he can't even bat on SL. In last ind series he scored 4 and a duck against Indian pace attack even as a 10yrs heavily experienced responsible player. Whats there to talk about his batting in NZ? In NZ UT avg 21(Without facing Boult ,southee and co). In Eng UT avg 23.66 with a Pair of Ducks.

  • sriyantha on December 11, 2015, 23:45 GMT

    Kusal Perera would have been useless in Nz lively decks anyway, as proved with his world famous single-digit under 10-ball scores in both innings (3 ball duck & 8 ball 1 ) against Nz 2nd string bowlers, in the tour game last week.

  • Weeramuni on December 11, 2015, 20:30 GMT

    this not fair...dont mess his future ....

  •   Indra Anandasabapathy on December 11, 2015, 16:05 GMT

    Should not the name of the banned substance be told. After all by not disclosing it all sorts of names come into the publics mind.If it is something quite ordinary the player does not that way get vilified.

  • Oneiric on December 11, 2015, 9:48 GMT

    Seems to be a genuine mistake on his part, should be careful in future. Anyways, if anyone need to take a banned substance in cricket, it would be a fast bowler, isn't it? ICC should immediately frame clear guidelines and regularly update the comprehensive list of prohibited drugs to avoid further malice in cricket.

  • Pasindu Chamara on December 11, 2015, 8:11 GMT

    This is not clear. Tell when he will play again or say clearly whether that he still needs to do any other tests or whats really happening.

  • sachit on December 11, 2015, 7:29 GMT

    Maybe not the biggest sensation in the world stage yet but this guy is important for SL specially in the short formats. If you look back it was his aggressive batting against SA that kick started Sri Lankans successful WT20 campaign last year.

  • Shyamal on December 11, 2015, 5:46 GMT

    These days Sri Lankan officials fully engage with the SLC election. They do not have time to save this poor cricketer. But ICC has to look this matter again and release him as early as possible provided Kusal had not been done this willingly.

    Shyamal Perera

  • Mr on December 11, 2015, 5:15 GMT

    Then why did he band ??? Will he play ODI and T20 in NZ?

  • anuj on December 11, 2015, 3:26 GMT

    @SINHAYA: No wonder you talk like a Pakistani fan, full of conspiracy theories. Now know this, Shami was randomly picked and tested during the last WC in february-March and he came out clean. It's not India vs Sri Lanka but SL vs NZ that ICC suddenly pulls off Perera and secondly don't flatter yourself as he is not some AB that we are worried about but just another player.

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