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ICC denies receiving claim from Sri Lanka for reimbursement in Kusal Perera case

ICC denies receiving claim from Sri Lanka for reimbursement in Kusal Perera case
SLC claims a total of 13 million Sri Lankan rupees was spent on the case.
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Contrary to the statement of the secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has denied that it has received a request for reimbursement of the costs incurred by the board in the defence of Kusal Perera.

Perera was recently cleared of doping charges by the ICC after the Qatar based lab withdrew the findings of the positive test, following which SLC said that they will ask for reimbursement of the expenses involved in the case.

A report on ESPNcricinfo quoted the SLC secretary Mohan de Silva stating that the ICC had agreed to compensate the expenses verbally.

"The ICC has agreed to compensate us, but there is nothing in writing.

“In any case we will be making an appeal for that.

“I'm quite confident that they will oblige us.”

However, a few hours later the ICC said that there was no such request from SLC and that they were not responsible for the results of the Qatar based laboratory.

"The ICC can confirm that it has not received any request for compensation from SLC or Mr Perera and it has not agreed (verbally or otherwise) to any such reimbursement," the ICC said.

"Whilst the circumstances of this case are unfortunate, the ICC does not accept that it is responsible for the finding of the WADA-accredited Qatar Laboratory or the consequences that flowed from such a finding, and the ICC will be considering its own position in respect of who should bear the costs incurred by the ICC in its additional efforts and investigation that ultimately resulted in the Laboratory agreeing to withdraw the original finding."

According to SLC, they spent more than 13 million Sri Lankan rupees on the case to clear Perera’s name, including conducting a polygraph test and a urine test in London apart from a hair analysis in Paris in addition to legal fees.

Perera, who missed a significant portion of international cricket during his period of suspension has resumed training under SLC coaches and is expected to feature in the limited overs matches of the tour of England.

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