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Sri Lankan keeper Perera cleared

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/05/2016

Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Perera, sent home from their tour of New Zealand last year for failing a drug test, has been cleared to return to cricket.

Perera was provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council in December after an out-of-competition urine sample tested positive for the anabolic steroid 19-Norandrostenedione.

His his B sample was also found to contain the substance.

But the ICC said in a statement that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Qatar had withdrawn its "adverse analytical finding" after an independent review by the ICC said the results from Perera's samples were "not sustainable".

"For various scientific and technical reasons, it could not be ruled out that the 19-Norandrostenedione was produced naturally in the player's body and/or formed in the samples after the player provided them," the ICC said.

Perera, 25, was sent home ahead of the first Test against New Zealand after the positive test.

ICC chief executive David Richardson said there was no evidence Perera has ever used performance-enhancing substances and said the case raised serious questions.

"The ICC is troubled in this case by the fact that the Qatar laboratory has issued an adverse analytical finding that has then had to be withdrawn and replaced with an atypical finding.

"Whilst I am confident that this is an isolated incident in respect of tests commissioned by the ICC, we are seeking an urgent explanation from WADA and the laboratory," he said.

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