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.