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Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera tests positive for banned substance, recalled from NZ tour

Colombo: Sri Lanka has recalled wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera from the ongoing New Zealand tour after he was tested positive at a random drug test.

"Sri Lanka Cricketer has been advised that a sample provided by Kusal Janith Perera for a random testing carried
out by the ICC during the recent Pakistan tour has yielded a positive result for a banned substance," a SLC statement said. 

The right handed opener Kaushal Silva will replace him, SLC added.

Perera was to play in the two-match Test series starting in Dunedin on December 10 and the following One-Day International series.

He became the second Sri Lankan international cricketer after Upul Tharanga to be found positive for a banned substance.

Tharanga, the left handed opener served a three month ban following the 2011 World Cup.

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