September 26, 2018

Sri Lanka’s Perera sent home after failing drugs test

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera tested positive to a banned substance| Image: Reuters

Sri Lankan wicketkeeper and batsman Kusal Perera has been sent home from his side’s New Zealand tour, after failing a drugs test.

Perera tested positive for a banned substance in a recent random test by the ICC, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

Perera was recalled to Sri Lanka and would be replaced by Kaushal Silva in the test series against the Black Caps.

Sri Lanka Cricket said a further sample would also be tested, and it planned to “make every endeavour” to get Perera back on the field as soon as possible.

AFP reported the banned substance was steroids.

The 25-year-old only made his test debut in August against India, following the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara.

Perera made his name as a one-day wicketkeeper/batsman, equalling the second fastest ODI half-century of all time with a 17-ball 50 against Pakistan last July.

Perera, who made his Sri Lanka debut in 2013, is the No 7-ranked Twenty20 batsman in the world.

Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror newspaper reported that Perera faces a maximum four-year suspension should his B sample also test positive.

The first test begins in Dunedin on Thursday


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