Colombo: Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Perera is facing the prospect of a four-year ban after his B
sample tested positive for a banned substance.
"The ICC has informed that he faces a four-year ban," Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said. "We are hoping to appeal," he added.
Perera's urine sample was tested in Qatar after the ICC had originally found it contained a banned substance.
Consequently, Perera had to drop out of Sri Lanka's current tour of New Zealand. Sri Lanka lost the series 0-2.
Perera is Sri Lanka's second player to flunk a dope test. Left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga was suspended for three months after testing positive for a banned substance during the 2011 World Cup.