World Cup - Sri Lanka confirm Tharanga failed dope test

Mon, 30 May 16:22:00 2011

A spokesperson for the ministry of sports in Sri Lanka has confirmed that opening batsman Upul Tharanga tested positive for a banned substance at this year's World Cup.

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Harsha Abeykoon said that an inquiry has also been launched by the sports ministry and that Sri Lanka Cricket had yet to be officially informed by the International Cricket Council on Tharanga’s situation.

“The sports minister named a three-member panel to launch a domestic investigation and as a first step they will record a statement from Tharanga at the earliest,” Abeykoon told AFP.

Left-hander Tharanga scored two centuries in the tournament co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and was the fifth highest run-getter.

He has played 15 Tests and 121 one-day internationals and scored 12 international centuries.

Sri Lanka's Sunday Times said Tharanga had claimed he was prescribed prednisolone by an alternative medicine practitioner who had treated other cricketers in the past.

Prednisolone, a corticosteroid, is on the WADA banned list.


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