09 July 2013
Lakmal to replace injured Kulasekara
Lakmal last played for Sri Lanka in the home Test series against Bangladesh earlier this year
An injury to Kulasekara's left finger means Suranga Lakmal (in pic) will fly to the West Indies.
Kulasekara also had a wound that required suturing. X-rays showed no fracture and the finger was relocated. He will be reviewed by the doctor in a couple of days, and will also get an ultrasound to check for any ligament and tendon damage. At this stage, the estimated recovery time is 7-10 days, however, this will become clearer following the upcoming review and scan.
Lakmal last played for Sri Lanka in the home Test series against Bangladesh earlier this year and was a part of the 'A' team that toured West Indies recently. He was the best bowler on both sides in the List A matches, where he picked up a total of eight wickets in three matches.
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