Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has defended batsman Kusal Perera, saying people should wait for the B-sample to be tested before drawing conclusions, as the player denies taking a banned substance.
Kusal's drug Test from when they played Pakistan earlier this year tested positive for a banned substance, but the player says he took only medication, and coach Jerome Jayaratne has also backed the player.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Let's not jump the gun with Kusal. We have to Wait for the B test and even after that explanation how it happen. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/backkusal?src=hash">#backkusal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SLC?src=hash">#SLC</a></p>— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) <a href="https://twitter.com/MahelaJay/status/674116212591222784">December 8, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Kusal has been sent home from their tour to New Zealand just two days before the first Test, and Jayaratne says he is 'baffled' by the result, given players and physios are warned about which medications have illegal ingredients.
Jayaratne said: "We had a chat last night once the information filtered through from the ICC. Kusal feels he has not taken any form of drugs or any form of medication to that effect – so it's left to be seen how it will be investigated.
"ICC runs the tests randomly and the players have been educated. The physiotherapists in Sri Lanka have been educated. The list of banned drugs keeps changing and things get added on.
"The players have been advised to keep the physiotherapists informed before they take any kind of medication – even if it's just a Panadol. We'll wait and see what happens. We're all baffled at the moment."
Kaushal Silva has been called up to replace Kusal, while Dinesh Chandimal will take the wicketkeeping gloves now.