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ICC to support Kusal Perera's damages claim from WADA

ICC to support Kusal Perera's damages claim from WADA
Kusal Perera was a part of the Sri Lankan team in the recently concluded tour of England.
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The president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Thilanga Sumathipala has revealed that the board has received the support of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the damages claim against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Kusal Perera.

In December 2015, Perera was suspended by the ICC after he tested positive for a banned substance and at that time, he faced a potential four-year ban.

However, in May this year, Perera was cleared of the doping charges after an independent analysis ruled that the findings of the WADA-accredited lab in Qatar were not sustainable.

Later on, the ICC clarified that the board was not responsible for the findings of the Qatar-based laboratory and denied that it had agreed to pay a compensation to Perera.

Sumathipala revealed that SLC had appealed to the ICC during the recent annual conference to support the damages claim from WADA.

“We appealed to the ICC about the injustice that had happened to Kusal, and we were given an audience at the CEOs’ meeting.

“I must say the committee comprising of the CEOs unanimously supported our claim.

“Then it came to the board meeting, and at the board meeting we made the appeal that there should be compensation - not just the cost.

“It was decided that the costs and the compensation should be paid to him, because the ICC took the position that the claim made by Kusal is fair and justifiable.

“ICC decided to stand by Sri Lanka Cricket and support the claim.”

SLC earlier reported that they have spent nearly $92,000 in order to fight Perera’s case and have his name cleared.

Sumathipala also added that a minimum of $246,000 will be an appropriate claim in order to compensate Perera for the damage he suffered to his reputation and his loss of earnings.

According to Sumathipala, SLC is confident of recovering the damages as the WADA had already accepted that there was a flaw in the process.

“This kind of compensation has never ever been paid to anybody in the history of cricket.

“The ICC and SLC are together in this - the money is ultimately coming from WADA, through the ICC, to Kusal.

“It is a new experience for WADA as well.

“I don’t think we will have to go to court over it,

After being cleared to resume his international career, Perera played the third Test against England at Lord’s and also took part in the limited overs leg of Sri Lanka’s tour of the British Isles.

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