Sri Lanka’s Perera tests positive for banned substance

Colombo, Dec 7 (IANS) Sri Lanka recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera from New Zealand after he tested positive for a banned substance, the nation’s cricket board said on Monday.

The 25-year-old was randomly tested during the recent Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka and the results of his urnine samples returned positive, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

The first Test begins on December 10.

“SLC has been advised that a sample provided by Kusal Janith Perera for a random testing carried out by the ICC during the recent Pakistani tour, has yielded a positive result for a banned substance,” said the SLC statement.

“In view of this and in terms of the applicable ICC Regulations, SLC has recalled Perera from New Zealand. SLC will take all steps required to have a further sample tested and make every endeavour to enable Kusal Janith Perera to resume playing cricket at the earliest opportunity in compliance with the ICC Regulations.”

“ICC confirms @OfficialSLC Kusal Perrera provisionally suspended after a sample he provided was found to contain a prohibited substance,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on twitter.

Perera will be replaced by right-hand batsman Kaushal Silva.

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