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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

​Kusal is free - ICC withdraws disciplinary proceedings against Kusal Perera under ICC Anti-Doping Code



ICC withdraws disciplinary proceedings against Kusal Perera under ICC Anti-Doping Code after Qatar Laboratory withdraws original Adverse Analytical Finding



ICC Chief Executive David Richardson: "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 again"

"No evidence that Mr Perera has cheated through the use of performance enhancing substances"

Mr Perera is free to train and compete with immediate effect

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him.

Mr Perera is, therefore, now free to return to domestic and international cricket without restriction and with immediate effect.

The ICC has made the decision after the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar today withdrew its original Adverse Analytical Finding following further investigations.

DETAILED ICC STATEMENT IS AS FOLLOWS

In November 2015, the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar reported to the ICC that urine samples collected out-of-competition from Sri Lankan international player, Kusal Perera, had tested positive for 19-Norandrostenedione, an anabolic steroid prohibited under WADA's Prohibited List.  

Pursuant to the ICC's WADA-compliant anti-doping code, the full laboratory documentation packages in respect of each of the findings were reviewed by three members of the ICC's Independent Review Board (comprising of world leaders in the medical, scientific and legal fields of anti-doping), each of whom independently confirmed that Mr Perera had a case to answer.  Accordingly, on 7 December 2015, the ICC charged Mr Perera with an anti-doping rule violation and, in accordance with the mandatory requirements of the code, provisionally suspended Mr Perera until that charge was resolved. 

Since that time, the ICC has worked with Mr Perera's lawyers as they have attempted to identify the source of the 19-Norandrostenedione found in the samples.  As part of those efforts, the ICC sought further information from the Qatar laboratory and granted various extensions of time to the player's legal team to allow it to carry out additional analysis and investigation work.  In addition, the Qatar laboratory analysed the B samples provided by Mr Perera in January 2016, and reported that that analysis confirmed the presence of the same substance in those samples. 

In a recent letter, Mr Perera's lawyers provided an update on their investigation into potential sources of the 19-Norandrostenedione found in his samples, but also suggested for the first time that the Qatar laboratory might have misidentified impurities in the samples as 19-Norandrostenedione, given the very low concentrations of that substance found in the samples.  

In response, the ICC commissioned an independent expert to review all of the Qatar laboratory's findings.  Whilst the independent expert concluded that the Qatar laboratory had correctly identified 19-Norandrostenedione in the samples, that expert's view was that an adverse analytical finding by the laboratory was not sustainable, because, 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.  These concerns were immediately presented by the ICC to the Qatar laboratory, which has today confirmed that it has withdrawn the Adverse Analytical Finding and is instead reporting an Atypical Finding.  It has advised that no specific further investigation of the player's two samples is warranted, but has recommended the monitoring of the player's steroid profile moving forward. 

As a result, the ICC has immediately withdrawn the disciplinary proceedings previously brought against Mr Perera, and he is therefore free to train and compete domestically and internationally again without restriction with immediate effect. 

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "Cricket is proud of its compliance with the structures and systems required by WADA and takes comfort from the fact that samples are tested in accordance with WADA-approved standards and at WADA-accredited laboratories.  However, 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 again.  We will also immediately review our own internal processes to see whether there might be additional steps over and above those required by WADA that the ICC could put in place in order to give international cricketers further comfort." 

He went on to say: "Had it not been for the diligence of Mr Perera's legal team and the ICC's own desire to uncover the explanation for the reported findings, the consequences could well have been different, and that should be of concern to all involved in the fight against doping.  We regret what Mr Perera has had to endure, and would like to commend him for the manner in which he has conducted himself throughout this period.

"We wish to make it clear that there is no evidence that Mr Perera has ever used performance-enhancing substances and we wish him well in his future cricketing endeavours."


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sri Lanka spins out England and cruises into Semi Final to face India but Fernando misses century


Fernando misses century as Sri Lanka sets up semi-final date with India

·       England bowled out for 184 after Hasaranga's three for 34

·       Pakistan plays the West Indies in last quarter-final in Fatullah on Monday




Avishka Fernando hit 95 off 96 balls after Wanidu Hasanranga grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with an impressive six-wicket win over England in Mirpur on Sunday.

In an excellent all-round performance, Sri Lanka dismissed the strong England batting for 184 and then surpassed the modest target in the 36th over.

Sri Lanka will take on India in the first semi-final in Mirpur on Tuesday. The second semi-final on Thursday will feature host Bangladesh against the winner of Monday's Pakistan-West Indies match.

This is only the third time Sri Lanka has reached the semi-final of this tournament since its inception in 1988. In the home event in 2000, it reached the final where it lost to Mohammad Kaif's India, while in 2010 in New Zealand, Sri Lanka reached the last four and finished in fourth position.

England failed to match its earlier run-feast in Group C where it raked up totals of 371 for three against Fiji, 282 for seven against the West Indies and 288 for four against Zimbabwe.

Callum Taylor top-scored with 42 after England won the toss and elected to bat, but the rest of the batting fell apart against the sustained pressure applied by the Sri Lanka bowlers.

Leg-spinner Hasaranga finished with three wickets for 34 runs after seamer Asitha Fernando had wrecked the start with two dismissals.

Sri Lanka made a breezy start to its reply, racing to 51 for no loss in eight overs before the lunch break, with Fernando contributing 35 of those runs.

Kaveen Bandara helped Fernando put on 76 for the first wicket by the 14th over when he was run out for 22.

Fernando hit 11 boundaries and a six to steer Sri Lanka towards an emphatic win before he was caught behind off Saqib Mahmood when just 14 runs were needed for victory in 17 overs.

Skipper Charith Asalanka, who put on 69 for the third wicket with Fernando, fell for 34 soon after, but Sri Lanka cruised home easily.


Asalanka said he was delighted to see his team bounce back after losing to Pakistan in the last league match.

"We had not batted well against Pakistan, so it was important to settle down and build big scores, which is what Avishka was able to do today," he said.

"But the bowlers won us the game today. We bowled well and fielded very well too. But the plus point is that we have improved our batting."

Asalanka said Sri Lanka will test India with spin in the semi-final.

"We know India players are good facing spin, but spin is our strength and we will stick to that," he said. "We are confident of doing well in the semi-final."

England captain Brad Taylor said he was disappointed to lose after his team did so well in the league stage.

"I genuinely believe we had an off-day," said Taylor. "You have days when it does not come off. I think Sri Lanka played very well, but on another day, we would back ourselves.

"We expected Sri Lanka to rely on spin, but the batsmen did not stay long enough to build partnerships. We had come here to win the tournament, so obviously we are very disappointed."

In the Plate Championship play-off in Cox's Bazar, Ireland defeated Canada by six wickets to ensure it does not finish amongst the bottom two in the 16-nation tournament.

Rory Anders took four for 21 as Ireland bowled Canada out for 139 and then coasted home in the 35th over with Jack Tector and Stephen Doheny scoring 33 runs each. Gary McClintock remained unbeaten on 31.


Scores in brief:

Super League quarter-final: Sri Lanka beats England by six wickets in Mirpur
England 184 all out, 49.2 overs (Callum Taylor 42, Ben Green 26; Wanidu Hasaranga 3-34, Asitha Fernando 2-16)
Sri Lanka 186-4, 35.4 overs (Avishka Fernando 95, Charith Asalanka 34)


Plate Championship play-off: Ireland beats Canada by six wickets in Cox's Bazar
Canada 139 all out, 48.2 overs (Arslan Khan 47; Rory Anders 4-21)
Ireland 142-4, 34.3 overs (Jack Tector 33, Stephen Doheny 33, Gary McClintock 31 not out)


Forthcoming Super League quarter-finals:
8 Feb – Pakistan v West Indies, Fatullah

Semi-final line-up:
9 Feb – India v England, Mirpur
11 Feb – Bangladesh v Pakistan/West Indies, Mirpur

Plate Championship (play/offs):
8 Feb - South Africa v Zimbabwe, Cox's Bazar; Scotland v Fiji, Cox's Bazar
9 Feb - New Zealand v Afghanistan, Cox's Bazar


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