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Kusal Perera to be compensated $500,000 after wrongful drug suspension


Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Janith Perera is set to receive US$ 500,000 as compensation from World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) after he was wrongfully suspended from taking part in the game during December 2015.

Sri Lanka squad for ODIs against Bangladesh: Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vikum Sanjaya, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan.

He is initially changed in 2015 when a Qatar based lab found banned substances in the urine samples of Perera. The Sri Lankan batsman was then banned provisionally by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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After the news broke on the eve of a Test match in 2015, Perera was sent home from the New Zealand tour in disgrace that he had failed a drug test. He missed the T-20 series in India, Asia Cup and the World T-20 during his suspension period.

Afterwards in May 2016, a Paris-based lab found that the initial findings were not sustainable and that he was not guilty of any wrongdoing after which the ICC lifted the imposed ban on the 29-year-old.

According to reports by The Island, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) incurred a loss of approximately US$100,000 due to the legal proceedings that were involved in the case the amount which Perera paid back to the board through his match fees. WADA now are all set to bear the costs and they are going to repay the Lankan cricketer with a compensation of half a million US$.

The left-hander Kusal Perera is one of the most prolific performers of the Sri Lankan team. Making his debut back in 2013, Perera played 18 Tests, 101 ODIs and 47 T20Is in which he has scored 5052 runs with the help of 7 centuries and 30 half-centuries.

 

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