Pallekele: Claims that Sri Lanka all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan has been tested positive with a banned substance have been strongly refuted by Sri Lankan officials and the team's vice-captain, Mahela Jayawardene.
This emerged at a Group A World Cup 2011 pre-match media conference at the international cricket venue near Kandy on Wednesday.
Jayawardene laughed it off when asked whether a claim by an Indian media source earlier in the day had any truth. It was suggested that it was a "spook (rumour) story" designed to upset the Sri Lanka team and players on the eve of the game Thursday against Zimbabwe.
"(What I can confirm is that) we have had two players tested. Dilshan is not one of them," he said. "The players are Ajantha Mendis and Chamara Silva. I am not too sure about where this story has come from but there is no truth in it."
The team's media manager, Brian Thomas confirmed that Dilshan was not asked to give a sample for testing.