Dubai, May 16 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday denied claims made by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) of agreeing to reimburse it the money spent on clearing wicketkeeper Kusal Perera of doping charges.
“ICC confirms it has not received any request for compensation from @OfficialSLC or Perera and it has not agreed to any reimbursement,” the ICC wrote on its Twitter handle.
Earlier, according to a report in espncricinfo, SLC secretary Mohan de Silva had claimed that the world body had verbally agreed to reimburse the funds which the board spent in clearing Perera of doping charges.
“The ICC has agreed to compensate us, but there is nothing in writing. In any case we will be making an appeal for that. I’m quite confident that they will oblige us,” de Silva said.
SLC confirmed it had spent over 13 million rupees ($92,000 approx) on clearing Perera’s name, though they did not quite need the 15 million rupees they had set aside to fight the case.
In addition to missing a full tour of New Zealand, a bilateral series against India, and two major tournaments in the Asia Cup and World T20, Perera was also ineligible for the IPL auction. He had been fixture in all three formats for Sri Lanka prior to the suspension.
However, Perera has now resumed his training, after five months of being barred. He may be in the fray for the limited-overs leg of Sri Lanka’s England and Ireland tour.