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Sri Lankan eyes Lord's after doping hell

By Blogs - Wed Jun 08, 2:27 am

For someone who has spent six agonising months on the sidelines battling doping allegations, Sri Lankan Kusal Perera cannot think of a better place for his return than the hallowed turf of Lord’s in the third and final Test starting on Thursday against England.

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was sent home from the tour of New Zealand in December after it was announced he had failed a drugs test last July.

He was cleared last month when the International Cricket Council (ICC) dropped all charges against him after the Qatar-based laboratory that conducted the test withdrew its initial findings.

Perera was not allowed to train with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) coaches and was called up in England only after a shoulder injury had ended paceman Dhammika Prasad’s tour.

“I haven’t been told if I’m playing yet but I was thrown into trouble and to come back from that at Lord’s would be a great opportunity,” Kusal told reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday after practice.

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