No athlete should ever have to go through this, says Kusal Perera’s lawyer
BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Kusal Perera’s UK-based lawyer Mike Morgan is very happy with the ICC’s recent findings that his client has been exonerated from the doping charges. The 25-yearold wicket-keeper batsman has been cleared to resume his career by the world’s highest governing body on late Wednesday. “I am extremely pleased for Kusal that this ordeal is over. He has handled the past few months with remarkable dignity and composure”, the lawyer, speaking exclusively over his mobile from London, said minutes after the ICC decision. The law firm is also believed to have had hired the services of medical experts for its client. The presence of the banned substance (19Norandrostenedione) was mysteriously recorded in Perera’s urine sample
“We had noted the extremely low amounts of the substance reportedly detected in Kusal’s sample and some other inconsistencies with the analytical results. As a result of those inconsistencies and other investigations we had conducted, we came to suspect that Kusal’s sample did not contain any prohibited substance. We communicated our concerns to the ICC and the rest is history”, the lawyer added. Mike Morgan is also a cricket-fan. “As with all my clients, I will certainly be following Kusal’s career from hereon in. I hope to see him back playing for Sri Lanka soon”, he added. So what lesson your client has learnt ? “Kusal did not do anything wrong. There is nothing for him to learn. If anybody has anything to learn from this, it is WADA and the WADA-accredited laboratories. No athlete should ever have to go through this”, Morgan maintained.
The authorities did not take proper precautions in this case, believes Dr. Danish Zaheer, a drug expert, who was hired by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the doping charges against Shoaib Akhtar. Speaking exclusively from Pakistan, he said, the result management committee should have asked for 3 follow up samples to confirm if it was produced by body or it was exogenous”.
“Also they should have asked the relevant testing authority to conduct thorough endocrinologist investigations to rule out any pathology”, Dr. Zaheer added. The news immediately reached in Sri Lankan camp, now touring England. “We are waiting to hear from the Board on Thursday”, the team’s media manager, Chandrishan Perera said from England. Back home in Sri Lanka, the president was awake at 1.30 to comment on the “good news”. “National selectors are free to pick him”, Thilanga Sumathipala, speaking exclusively said from Colombo. “We are so happy and delighted. Hope no player will ever experience such an unfair situation in any sport”, he added.
Sumathipala was the board chief when he had to fight against the authorities when umpires Hair and Emerson had questioned Muthiah Muralitharan’s bowling action. Sumathi was again in charge when his board backed innocent Kusal.