Tharanga failed dope test

Lankan in trouble

Tharanga failed dope test

The left-handed opener te­sted positive for a banned substance called Prednisolone pr­escribed to him by an al­ternate medical practitioner, the “The Sunday Times” reported.

“The International Cricket Council (ICC) is due to hold an inquiry shortly into Tharanga being tested positive for using a banned substance during the World Cup,” the newspaper reported. Tharanga scored an unbeaten century in the quarterfinal against England in Colombo before the Sri Lankan team finished runner-up in the event after losing the final to India in Mumbai.

“Lawyers have already been retained to defend Tharanga at the ICC inquiry,” the newspaper said. Tharanga has said that a wellknown medical practitioner, who had treated Indian stars Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra, prescribed the medicine containing the banned substance to him.

Prednisolone is used for a wide range of inflammatory and auto-immune conditions such as asthma and the 26-year-old has a history of asthma. He has not been training for the past few days due to a knee problem and was not included in the Sri Lankan squad which is touring England right now.

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has denied knowledge of Tharanga’s failed dope test. “Officially, we know nothing about Tharanga’s case. SLC has not received any complaints or reports about the use of the banned substance called Prednisolone from any organisation or agency,” he said.

ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald too refused to clarify the matter. “I have no comment to make about your inquiry. Sorry about that,” he told the daily.

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