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ICC lifts suspension on Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kusal Perera

The decision was taken after withdrawal of the disciplinary charges against Perera that were made in December 2015.

May 12, 2016 13:03 IST
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Kusal PereraThe 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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