Sri Lanka’s Perera sent home after failing drugs test – report
Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has been sent home from their tour of New Zealand after failing a drugs test, local media, citing a Sri Lanka Cricket statement, said on Tuesday.
Perera, 25, failed the test, administered by the International Cricket Council, during the series against Pakistan in late July, Fairfax Media reported.
The Sri Lanka team were not immediately available for comment.
Perera, who played in the tour opener against a New Zealand Board President’s XI last week, has been replaced by Kaushal Silva for the test series starting in Dunedin on Thursday.
Sri Lanka Cricket said in the statement that a further ‘B’ sample would be tested, and it planned to “make every endeavour” to get Perera back on the field as soon as possible.
Pace bowler Dhammika Prasad has also been sent home from the tour after suffering a back injury and has been replaced by Vishva Fernando.
The two-Test series will be followed by five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches.
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These tests should be conducted through an independent organisation even if spot tests are run then they ought to be confirmed. Further this Kushal had been playing for a while and he is one of the most promising batters that Sri Lanka has produced and is a threat to players locally and internationally and they are quite happy and probably looking forward to the prospect of him being banned
These tests were carried out they failed to name the banned substance! And what has Jushal got to say about this allegations. I think that cricket board should take the initiative to challenge this allegation and not take in its face value. ICC is a corrupt organisation and racially biased the top players may not agree with my claim but lot of the others do