Colombo: Sri Lanka has recalled wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera from the ongoing New Zealand tour after he was tested positive at a random drug test.
"Sri Lanka Cricketer has been advised that a sample provided by Kusal Janith Perera for a random testing carried out by the ICC during the recent Pakistan tour has yielded a positive result for a banned substance," a SLC statement said.
The right handed opener Kaushal Silva will replace him, SLC added.
Perera was to play in the two-match Test series starting in Dunedin on December 10 and the following One-day International series.
He became the second Sri Lankan international cricketer after Upul Tharanga to be found positive for a banned substance.
Tharanga, the left handed opener served a three month ban following the 2011 World Cup.
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