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Kusal Perera Cleared Of Doping Charges ICC Drop Perera Doping Case Over Botched Analysis.

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera is free to resume playing cricket with immediate effect after the International Cricket Council lifted the provisional suspension imposed on him for doping.

Cricket's world body has withdrawn a doping case against Perera and expressed regret after admitting that the analysis of his sample was botched.

The International Cricket Council said it was seeking an urgent explanation from the world anti-doping agency and the Qatar laboratory which tested Perera's sample.

Perera was suspended during Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand but his positive doping result came from out-of-competition testing at a Wada-accredited laboratory in Doha.

Perera tested positive test for a banned anabolic steroid, but his lawyers later raised concerns that the amounts were so low that they could have been produced naturally by the body or formed in the samples after they were submitted.

Later on the laboratory withdrew its "adverse original finding" and replaced it with an "atypical finding", and said no further investigation was warranted.