International Cricket Council have agreed to compensate Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Perera after the player was wrongly accused of doping charges and was banned from the game during the New Zealand tour last year.
However, in recent events, it was found that was “an atypical finding” which should not be considered as an evidence of doping and the player’s ban was lifted. The stylish left-hander have joined the Sri Lankan team in England tour and have been playing a vital role for the team’s cause.
The elite cricket administration is keen to make amends as they would be compensating all the costs Perera spent on his case. Perera has incurred a cost of more than 500,000 pounds towards administrative legal costs for his case and the entire sum will be compensated,” said an ICC official in the annual meeting at Edinburgh, Scotland.
The ICC Chief Executive stated, ”We regret what Mr.Perera has had to endure, and would like to commend him for the manner in which he has conducted himself throughout this period.”
Meanwhile, SLC president, Thilanga Sumathipala is planning to seek for the “loss of opportunity” on behalf of the player for losing his peace of mind and also due to the fact that the Sri Lankan side was without his services.
“I had not done anything wrong, but I went through tremendous mental stress,” said Perera when the ban was lifted in May.
“I want to start practising and get back to international cricket at the earliest. I thank my fans and the board who and the board who stood by me during this trying period. I knew I would be cleared. I am relieved all this is over and I want to get back into form.”
The WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar has been suspended. SLC will also have ICC support to claim further damages from the WADA.