Sri Lanka opening batsman suspended for three months for breaching anti-doping code

June 24, Colombo: International Cricket Council (ICC) today said Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Upul Tharanga has been found guilty of committing an anti-doping rule violation.

The governing body of cricket suspended the cricketer from all cricket and cricket-related activities for a period of three months.

Tharanga has apologized to the fans and fellow cricketers for inadvertently committing the offence after his sentence was announced and said he hopes that his teammates will learn from his experience and be more vigilant when taking medical treatment.

According to the ICC urine sample submitted by Tharanga, 26 as part of the ICC’s random in-competition testing programme was found to contain metabolites of two glucocorticosteroids – Prednisone and Prednisolone.

The test was done after the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, held in Colombo on March 29, 2011.

The sample was subsequently tested by a World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory and found the compounds which are listed as ‘Specified Substances’ in its prohibited list.

Tharanga has admitted that he has had ingested the from a herbal remedy given to him for a chronic shoulder ailment.

The ICC said the independent anti-doping tribunal investigating the charge found that the batsman had no intention to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance.

However, the tribunal has said that Tharanga failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility implicit upon him as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules.

The tribunal heard the case via videoconference today and made its determination after considering detailed written and oral legal submissions as well as live witness evidence, including from Tharanga himself, the ICC said.

Tharanga scored an unbeaten 102 against England in Colombo in the 4th quarter final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup shutting out England with Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 108 to seal Sri Lanka’s place in the semi-final against New Zealand.

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