Tharanga to face ICC doping panel
Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga will appear at an International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing later this week, to answer doping charges, officials said today.world Updated: Jun 20, 2011 20:30 IST
Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga will appear at an International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing later this week, to answer doping charges, officials said on Monday.
Tharanga tested positive for a banned drug after Sri Lanka's World Cup semi final against New Zealand in March, and will face the panel at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on Friday.
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said Tharanga's case was fixed for June 24 and local media reported that the 26 year old had already hired a lawyer to defend him at the hearing.
The batsman claimed he was given a steroid by a high profile Colombo based faith healer, who also treats other international players, for an asthma related problem.
Ranatunga, meanwhile, said the Sri Lankan authorities would continue to educate players on medications that are banned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). "All the national team players have the WADA handbook, which we expect players to follow," Ranatunga said.
Under ICC rules, Tharanga can seek a test of his "B" sample.
There was no immediate comment from Tharanga, who is not part of the Sri Lankan side currently on tour in England. Tharanga is the latest Sri Lankan sportsman to fail a drug test.
Last week, three Sri Lankan national rugby players admitted taking banned steroids during the HSBC Asian Five Nations tournament in Colombo in May.
Also, in May Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi was stripped of his Commonwealth Games gold medal after testing positive for a banned performance enhancing substance.