COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga will appear at an International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing later this week to answer doping charges, officials said Monday. Tharanga tested positive for a banned drug after Sri Lankas World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in March, and will face the panel at the ICC headquarters in Dubai on Friday. Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said Tharangas case was fixed for June 24 and local media reported that the 26-year-old had already hired a lawyer to defend him at the hearing. He has claimed he was given a steroid by a high-profile Colombo-based faith healer.