The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 11 May 2016 announced that it has lifted the provisional suspension imposed on Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera.
The decision was taken after withdrawal of the disciplinary charges against Perera that were made in December 2015. The pronouncement came after the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar withdrew its original Adverse Analytical Finding following further investigations.
As a result, Perera can now return to domestic and international cricket with immediate effect.
What were the charges on Perera?
• Perera's urine sample was provided for a random test by the International Cricket Council during the home series against Pakistan in May 2015. However, the cricketer stated that he took some medicines for a leech bite.
• He tested positive for a banned substance November 2015. The laboratory reported about the presence of 19-Norandrostenedione, an anabolic steroid prohibited by WADA. He was recalled from the New Zealand tour in December 2015.
• After the A sample became positive, he himself with the help of Sri Lanka Cricket Board asked for the testing of B sample, which was tested at Qatar.
• On 25 December 2015, the results of the B sample came and it revealed that he is positive for the banned substance.
About Kusal Perera
• Mathurage Don Kusal Janith Perera plays Test cricket, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for the Sri Lanka national cricket team.
• At present, he is the permanent wicket keeper in all formats.
• He was a key member of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning team.
• He owned the joint second fastest fifty of all time in ODI history.
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