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Sri Lanka pick Nuwan Kulasekara to replace injured Prasad

Sri Lanka pick Nuwan Kulasekara to replace injured Prasad
Nuwan Kulasekara picked 182 wickets for Sri Lanka from 168 ODIs.
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The Sri Lankan selectors have opted to replace the injured fast bowler Dhammika Prasad with Nuwan Kulasekara for the One-Day International series against New Zealand.

Prasad was ruled out of the New Zealand tour with a back injury and was replaced by left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando for the Test matches.

Kulasekara’s last ODI appearance for Sri Lanka came in the quarter-final match against South Africa in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

The selectors have also picked Kithuruwan Vithanage as the replacement for Kusal Perera who was suspended following a failed drug test.

Apart from confirming the replacements a media release from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) revealed that Lasith Malinga will undergo a fitness Test while Thisara Perera has been drafted as a cover.

“The National Selection Committee of SLC has made the following changes to the Sri Lanka Team for the upcoming ODI series in New Zealand,” said the SLC release.

“Nuwan Kulasekara replaces injured Dhammika Prasad

“Kithuruwan Vithanage has been named as replacement for Kusal Janith Perera

“Thisara Perera has been drafted in as cover for Lasith Malinga in the ODI squad.

“Lasith will undergo a fitness test to determine his recovery from a knee injury which he picked up during the tour of the West Indies.

“A final decision on Lasith Malinga’s participation in the series shall be taken once the fitness test is concluded.” 

Sri Lanka will play a total of five ODIs against New Zealand starting with the first game on 26th December in Christchurch. 

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