Sri Lankan players give doping tests in England
TORONTO, MAY 17: Few members of the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team gave the doping tests on Wednesday, it is reliably learnt here.
According to the highly placed sources in England, the ICC's two-men came at the Merchant Taylor's School (MTS), where the players were practicing and took the urine samples of at least five to six cricketers.
"Two members of the support staff Nick Lee (Strength and Conditioning coach) and Paul Khourry made the ICC men task easy and oversaw the process", a member of the team management speaking exclusively to this reporter said.
The identity of the players, who gave doping tests on Wednesday is kept strictly confidential.
Paul Khourry is not a regular support staff member of the World Cup squad but has been sent specially to look after Kusal Perera.
"Khourry, who is attached with Sri Lanka Cricket's High Performance Centre was scheduled to be holidaying in England but at the special request by the team management has been sent to oversee Kushal Perera's rehabilitation", the source said.
"He will be with the team till June 4 when Afghanistan plays against our team in Cardiff", the source further added.
"Kushal Perera is a key member of our team and is recovering well. We want to see him and play the World Cup matches".
Incidentally, Kushal Perera has been included in the team only when the experienced physio has expressed confidant about his recovery.
The 28-year-old left-handed batsman and a wicket keeper, who was the Sri Lankan hero in their famous one-wicket win over the Proteas in the first Test in Durban in March injured his left hamstring during the third ODI and had to miss the remaining matches.