Cricket: Sri Lankan team unfazed by Tharanga dope charge

SLCB maintains they were not informed of Tharanga's positive dope test report.

Afp May 29, 2011

CARDIF: Sri Lanka's Farveez Maharoof insisted on Sunday that reports Upul Tharanga had failed a dope test had had no impact upon the squad touring England.

The Sri Lankan Sunday Times said left-handed opening batsman Tharanga, not selected for the tour of England, had failed a random dope test during the recent World Cup.

Tharanga has already retained a lawyer to defend himself at an upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) inquiry, the Sunday Times said, quoting unnamed sources.

Maharoof, asked after the fourth day's play in the first Test against England in Cardiff on Sunday if the reports concerning Tharanga had been a distraction, replied: "Not at all. We didn't speak about it as a team. It hasn't been a distraction”.

"We are here to do a job... and are not bothered about what's going on outside," the all-rounder said.

Maharoof added the 26-year-old Tharanga, renowned as more of a one-day than a Test player, was a "nice guy", saying: "He's a nice guy, a quiet guy. He's an established opening batsman in our team and he's a genuine guy."

The Sri Lankan Sunday Times said Tharanga has claimed that he was given a steroid by a faith healer in Colombo who also treated other international players.

"There's nothing I can say at this stage," ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald disclosed.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the sport's national governing body, said it was unaware of any failed dope test.

"We have not been informed of any allegation like this," SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.

Tharanga opened against England in the World Cup semi-finals and scored an unbeaten century as Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets. He then played in the final, where Sri Lanka lost to India.



Suni Perera | 11 years ago | Reply When real cuprits like Shane Warne are caught red handed they get away almost scot free saying " Mamma gave me diuritecs, I did not know what it was" sure sure!! but when a smaller nation's classy player gets even marginally linked where the evidence does not suggest a deliberate intake of drugs to enhance performance the ICC starts a hue and cry! What a double standard !! Wonder if the Indians were full tested after the World Cup and if not why so?
Umayr Masud | 11 years ago | Reply All of this "STRANGELY" happens when teams tour england ..
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