Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has tested positive for a banned substance and has been sent home from their tour of New Zealand.
Kusal Perera, Sri Lankas wicketkeeper-batsman, has been sent home from New Zealand after testing positive for a banned substance on Monday (December 7). Perera had made his Test debut in the Colombo Test against India, notching up two brisk half-centuries.
According to an official statement from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the results came from a random drug test conducted during Paksitan’s recently-concluded tour of Sri Lanka.
SLC has been advised that a sample provided by Kusal Janith Perera for a random testing carried out by the ICC during the recent Pakistani Tour, has yielded a positive result for a banned substance,” the statement read.
A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket said Perera had failed a random test during the recent tour of Pakistan. The wicketkeeper, who played in five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches during the tour, will be replaced by Kaushal Silva in New Zealand with his B sample due to be tested.
“In view of this and in terms of the applicable ICC Regulations, SLC has recalled Perera from New Zealand. SLC will to take all steps required to have a further sample tested and make every endeavor to enable Kusal Janith Perera to resume playing cricket at the earliest opportunity in compliance with the ICC Regulations.”
Kaushal Silva, the right-handed opener, will replace Perera in the line-up. Silva had lost his place in the side after poor outings against India and West Indies at home and now get a chance to put forth his case once again. As for the duties of wicketkeeper, Dinesh Chandimal is likely to take up the gloves.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to play two Tests against New Zealand, starting on December 10 in Dunedin.