Kusal Perera is the second Sri Lankan player to fail a dope Test    Getty Images
Kusal Perera is the second Sri Lankan player to fail a dope Test Getty Images

Colombo: Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Perera is facing the prospect of a four-year ban after his B sample tested positive for a banned substance. “The ICC has informed that he faces a four-year ban,” Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said. “We are hoping to appeal,” he added. Perera’s urine sample was tested in Qatar after the ICC had originally found it contained banned substance. Consequently Perera had to drop out of Sri Lanka’s current tour of New Zealand. Sri Lanka lost the series 0-2. Perera is Sri Lanka’s second player to flunk a dope test. Left-hander batsman Upul Tharanga was suspended for three months after testing positive for a banned substance during the 2011 World Cup.

Tharanga blamed a herbal remedy that he had taken for a long-standing shoulder injury for failing the doping test. ALSO READ: Kusal Perera recalled from Sri Lanka Test squad against New Zealand following doping charges

Earlier, Sri Lanka had recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera from New Zealand after he tested positive for a banned steroid, the national cricket board said. The 25-year-old was randomly tested during the recent Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka and the just released results were positive, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

In view of this and in terms of the applicable ICC regulations, SLC has recalled Perera from New Zealand, the board said, adding that they would test a B sample in line with anti-doping regulations. Sri Lanka is sending Kaushal Silva, 29, who is also a wicketkeeper-batsman, to take his place. Sri Lanka will play two Tests, five ODI games and two T20 matches in New Zealand from December 10 to January 10.