The International Cricket Council set to impose a four-year ban on Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman, Kusal Perera, as his blood sample found positive for a banned substance.
Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said, “The ICC has informed that he faces a four-year ban.”
“We are hoping to appeal,” he added.
Perera’s urine sample was tested in Qatar after the ICC had originally four it contained banned substance.
As a result, Perea was dropped from the Sri Lanka ongoing tour of New Zealand Perera had to drop out of Sri Lanka’s current tour of New Zealand. Angelo Mathews lead Sri Lanka lost the Test series 2-0. Perera is the second Sri Lankan player after Upul Tharanga was suspended for three months after testing positive for banned substance during the 2011 World Cup.
Tharanga blamed an “herbal remedy” to heal his long-standing shoulder injury for failing the doping test.
Earlier Sri Lanka had recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera from New Zealand after tested positive for a banned steroid, the national cricket board said. The 25-year-old was randomly Tested during the recent Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka and just released results were positive, Sri Lanka said in a statement.
“In view of this and in terms of the applicable ICC regulations, SLC has recalled Perera from New Zealand,” the board said, adding that they would test a “B” sample in line with anti-doping regulations. Sri Lanka is sending Kaushal Silva, 29, who is also a wicketkeeper-batsman, to take his place. Sri Lanka will play two Tests, five ODI games and two T20 matches in New Zealand from December 10 to January 10.