Keeper sent home after positive test

December 08, 2015


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kusal Perera has been sent home from his team's cricket tour of New Zealand after failing a doping Test during an earlier home series against Pakistan.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed Perera's recall in a statement yesterday. It said he had been randomly selected for a drug test during the Pakistan series and his A sample had tested positive for a banned substance.

The statement said "in view of this and in terms of the applicable ICC regulations, SLC has recalled Perera from New Zealand."

Kaushal Silva will take Perera's place in the Sri Lanka squad. The first Test against New Zealand begins in Dunedin on Thursday.

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