Sri Lankan left-hand batsman Upul Tharanga failed a random doping test during the Cricket World Cup, a Colombo newspaper said Sunday, though the ICC declined to confirm the report. Tharanga has already retained a lawyer to defend himself at an upcoming International Cricket Council inquiry.
It said Tharanga has claimed that he was given a steroid by a faith healer in Colombo who also treated other international players. “There's nothing I can say at this stage,” ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald told in an email response to the report.
Sri Lanka Cricket, the sport’s national governing body, said it was unaware of any failed dope test. “We have not been informed of any allegation like this,” SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.
Tharanga played a pivotal role in Lanka’s World Cup campaign.