Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 January 4, 2014

Injured Kulasekara out of Pakistan Tests

Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri Lanka seam bowler, will not be available for the remaining Tests against Pakistan, after having sustained a hamstring tear at the end of the ODI series. Kulasekara was not considered for the first Test, and though he remained with the team throughout the match, further scans revealed he would not recover in time to contribute to the two remaining games.

"They discovered the injury a few days back and Kulasekara won't be part of the tour anymore," captain Angelo Mathews said. "We haven't decided when he will be leaving, but it will be some time in the next few days."

Sri Lanka had picked five seam bowlers in their 16-man squad, and Mathews said his team would not be flying in a replacement for Kulasekara. In addition to Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal, who played in the first Test, fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and left-armer Vishwa Fernando are also in the squad.

The pitches in Dubai and Sharjah, where the remaining Tests will be played, are also generally suited to spin, and Sri Lanka may play only two frontline seam bowlers in both matches.

Sri Lanka's next Test assignment, against Bangladesh, is scheduled to begin the week after the end of the ongoing tour, and it is unclear as yet whether Kulasekara will be available for that series.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on January 6, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Will Tharindu Kaushal get a chance?

  • on January 5, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Leave Lakmal or Eranga for second/third test select a spinner...

    and as replacement for Kula bring a rookie bowler (spinner like Akhila)... start giving a spinner long run to replace Herath for future... Senanayake should learn lot of variations to survive long term in the team.. Take coaching from Murali..

  • mensan on January 5, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Sachitra is not test class. Bring some good spinner. Abu Dhabi wicket was very placid.

    Ali Haider Gilan

  • on January 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    they should fly ajantha mendis as replacement. v need an wicket taking bowler not a containment bowler like sachitra senanayake. this is the best time to get ajantha mendis as replacement

  • Haz95 on January 4, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Not much to worry about, Kula isn't too great vs Pakistan

  • on January 6, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Will Tharindu Kaushal get a chance?

  • on January 5, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Leave Lakmal or Eranga for second/third test select a spinner...

    and as replacement for Kula bring a rookie bowler (spinner like Akhila)... start giving a spinner long run to replace Herath for future... Senanayake should learn lot of variations to survive long term in the team.. Take coaching from Murali..

  • mensan on January 5, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Sachitra is not test class. Bring some good spinner. Abu Dhabi wicket was very placid.

    Ali Haider Gilan

  • on January 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    they should fly ajantha mendis as replacement. v need an wicket taking bowler not a containment bowler like sachitra senanayake. this is the best time to get ajantha mendis as replacement

  • Haz95 on January 4, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Not much to worry about, Kula isn't too great vs Pakistan

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  • Haz95 on January 4, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Not much to worry about, Kula isn't too great vs Pakistan

  • on January 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    they should fly ajantha mendis as replacement. v need an wicket taking bowler not a containment bowler like sachitra senanayake. this is the best time to get ajantha mendis as replacement

  • mensan on January 5, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Sachitra is not test class. Bring some good spinner. Abu Dhabi wicket was very placid.

    Ali Haider Gilan

  • on January 5, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Leave Lakmal or Eranga for second/third test select a spinner...

    and as replacement for Kula bring a rookie bowler (spinner like Akhila)... start giving a spinner long run to replace Herath for future... Senanayake should learn lot of variations to survive long term in the team.. Take coaching from Murali..

  • on January 6, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Will Tharindu Kaushal get a chance?