Sri Lankan Cricketer Kusal Perera cleared of doping charges


Sports: The International Cricket Council (ICC) withdrew the charges against Sri Lankan Cricketer Kusal Perera on Thursday. Perera is now free to return to domestic and international cricket without restriction and with immediate effect. Last year in October, after being found positive in dope test Perera was pulled out of Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand.

The ICC has made the decision after the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar on Wednesday withdrew its original Adverse Analytical Finding following investigations.

 ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “We wish to make it clear that there is no evidence that Mr Perera has ever used performance-enhancing substances and we wish him well in his future cricketing endeavors.”

Richardson said cricket's governing body would talk to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which had accredited the laboratory, about the case.

Sri Lanka is currently in England preparing for the first match of their three-Test series in Leeds next week.