India in Sri Lanka 2012 July 23, 2012

Sri Lanka call up Nuwan Pradeep


Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been called up to the Sri Lanka squad for the remainder of the one-day series against India, in place of the injured Nuwan Kulasekara. Pradeep has played three Tests, but is yet to debut in ODIs.

Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, Ashantha de Mel, said that Pradeep will join the team on Monday, after returning from Zimbabwe, where he had played in the tri-series involving Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe's A teams. Pradeep had picked up three wickets in two matches in the tournament.

Pradeep debuted in Tests in October 2011, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, and was originally part of Sri Lanka squad that toured South Africa following that. However, he injured himself in a warm-up game in South Africa and was out of action for three months. He returned to first-class cricket in March, and was picked for the home series against Pakistan.

Kulasekara had strained his groin while attempting a catch in the first one-dayer against India on Saturday. After the incident, he could not complete his quota of overs and came out to bat only at No. 11 with India in control of the match.

The second one-dayer will be played in Hambantota on Tuesday.

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  • nilb on July 25, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Please, whoever replaces Kulesekara, don't bring back Maharoof. So many younger and new players are more confident with the bat than him. His bowling is below average, will be very easy for the Indians. I don't know why they don't consider Shaminda Eranga because he can bat too.

  • askey on July 25, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    my choice is jeevan mendis for kula,,,because sri lanka need another spiner,, good luck sri lanka

  • dummy4fb on July 24, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka middle Order batsmen failed. that'S why we lost 1st ODI.

  • Test-is-the-best on July 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Not a good selection by Asantha de Mel yet again ..Suranga Lakmal /Tharnga Lakshitha should have been considered. Meantime our IPL hero (Lasith Malinga) to be replaced. He can only perform in IPL . Try out Dhammika Prasad.

  • hussain72 on July 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Maharoof should be in Sri Lanka side. I do not understand why they not including him. I think dirty politics is the reason behind. Hope Maha will perform well in SLPL and would get a chance in T20 World Cup. I am with you Maha...

  • Udendra on July 24, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    ya right, a Nuwan replaces a Nuwan. what a strategy!

  • dummy4fb on July 24, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep should replace Malinga not Kulasekera.

  • dummy4fb on July 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Why do thye keep ignoring maharoof ? he's 27 now and why waste such a talent ..Nuwan Pradeep seems to be a player who is overrated by the authorities. first it was said he's capable of hitting high 90's ..but he's a regular 137/138 Kmph type bowler.. and he has proved very little at both 1st class and international levels ..sure he's got some potential but i think he's nt yet ready for the international arena..

  • Musfer on July 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Please include Maharoof...he can bat also....then we have three genuine allrounders in the side which makes our batting deep and side balanced.

  • dummy4fb on July 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    sl shud cal senanayake back but nuwan kula shud get well soon

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