Dubai - Cricket's world body has withdrawn
a doping case against Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kusal Perera and expressed regret
after admitting that the analysis of his sample was botched.
The International Cricket Council said it
was seeking an urgent explanation from the World Anti-Doping Agency and the
Qatar laboratory which tested Perera's sample.
Perera, 25, is now free to play again after
a provisional suspension which started in December and ruled him out of Sri
Lanka's World Twenty20 title defence earlier this year.
"We regret what Perera has had to
endure, and would like to commend him for the manner in which he has conducted
himself throughout this period," ICC chief executive David Richardson said
in a statement.
"We wish to make it clear that there
is no evidence that Perera has ever used performance-enhancing substances
and we wish him well in his future cricketing endeavours."
Perera was suspended during Sri Lanka's
tour of New Zealand but his positive doping result came from out-of-competition
testing at a WADA-accredited laboratory in Doha.
Perera tested positive test for a banned
anabolic steroid, but his lawyers later raised concerns that the amounts were
so low that they could have been produced naturally by the body or formed in
the samples after they were submitted.
On Wednesday, the laboratory withdrew its
"adverse original finding" and replaced it with an "atypical
finding", and said no further investigation was warranted.
"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that has then had to be withdrawn and replaced with an atypical finding,"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 in an attempt to understand
what has transpired and what will be done to ensure it does not happen