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Tharanga flunked dope test during World Cup: report

cricket Updated: Jun 01, 2011 11:22 IST

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In what would come as a massive blow to Sri Lankan cricket, batsman Upul Tharanga reportedly tested positive for a banned substance during the recent World Cup and the ICC will hold an inquiry against the player soon.

The left-handed opener tested positive for a banned substance called Prednisolone prescribed to him by an alternate medical practitioner, 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 recent World Cup tournament," the newspaper reported.

Tharanga scored an unbeaten century in the semi-final 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 well known medical practitioner, who had treated Indian stars Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra, prescribed the medicine containing the banned substance to him.