28th December 2015

Cricketers Shah and Perera face sanctions

Two international cricketers face International Cricket Council (ICC) sanctions after testing positive for prohibited substances. The ICC has provisionally suspended Yasir Shah after the bowler tested positive for chlortalidone during an in-competition test during Pakistan’s second one-day international against England in Abu Dhabi on 13 November. An ICC statement said that he has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), but that his sanction has yet to be determined. Chlortalidone is a diuretic prohibited under Section 5 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.

Kusal Perera (pictured) was provisionally suspended by the ICC on 9 December, after he tested positive for an unnamed substance on 12 October, just before Sri Lanka’s first test against the West Indies. “The ICC has informed us that his B sample has also tested positive for a banned drug”, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera told local media. “We are appealing against this because he was never found like this in the last four instances. We will back him with legal representation while doing every possible effort to help him to get out of this issue.”

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