Perera’s sample was provided for a random test by the ICC in the recent home series against Pakistan. Kaushal Silva will replace Perera in the squad for the New Zealand tour. The first Test starts on December 10.
In its release, SLC said that it would take all steps required by the ICC to have a further sample tested and “make every endeavor” to enable Perera to resume playing cricket at the earliest opportunity in compliance with the ICC’s regulations. Perera had been picked in all three squads for the tour.