Dilshan reportedly fails dope test

Tillakaratne Dilshan in action during a warm-up match against West Indies prior to the World Cup. (REUTERS)

 According to Sri Lankan media, cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has reportedly been tested positive in a dope test amid the ongoing World Cup tournament.

Sri Lankan media claimed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) had selected Tillakaratne Dilshan for its random dope test during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and on Wednesday he was reportedly tested positive.

If the reports are confirmed, Tillakaratne Dilshan will become the second player after Australia's Shane Warne to be tested positive during the World Cup tournament.

Shane Warne was made to return home after tested positive for a banned substance, i.e. hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride, both of which diuretics normally used to aid temporary weight loss, during the 2003 World Cup held in South Africa.

The positive dope test result of Dilshan has dented Sri Lankan cricket team's chances in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to some extent as he was an integral part of the squad and was responsible for providing an express start in company of Upul Tharanga, the local Sri Lanka media viewed.

But Sri Lanka team vice captain Mahela Jayawardene laughed off the rumours about star player Tillekratne Dilshan failing a dope test at the ICC World Cup, saying that the opener had not even been tested at the tournament.

"I don't know how he can test positive because he has not been tested at the World Cup. The only two players from our team that were tested were Ajantha Mendis and Chamara Silva after our last game.

Before that no one was tested. So Dilshan was not tested for doping, but I don't know if he had been tested for something else." Jayawardene told the international media at a media conference on Wednesday.


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