Nuwan Kulasekara © Getty Images
Nuwan Kulasekara © Getty Images

Nuwan Kulasekara will replace the injured Dhammika Prasad for One-Day International (ODIs) tournament against New Zealand, which begins on December 26. Prasad was ruled out from the entire tour due back injury while playing against New Zealand’s Board President’s XI in Queenstown. The uncapped Vishwa Fernando replaced Prasad for the Test series against New Zealand, but the selectors went ahead with an experienced player like Kulasekara, who has 182 wickets from 168 ODIs. READ ALSO: Nuwan Kulasekara reprimanded for wild celebration against New Zealand

As reported on espncricinfo.com, Kithuruwan Vithanage, who has played for the Test against New Zealand, will remain in the squad for ODIs as well as a replacement for Kusal Perera. He was suspended after his results were positive for a banned substance. ALSO READ: Lasith Malinga was feared by many batsmen in Sri Lanka domestic cricket: Lasith Chaminda, District Coach

Sri Lanka are also looking into the fitness of their ODI pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who is recovering from knee injury while playing their home series against West Indies. The allrounder Thisara Perera will replace Malinga in ODI squad, if he fails to pass the fitness test before the ODI series.