Another Sri Lankan key pacer, after Prasad, Lasith Malinga is ruled out from the remaining tour of New Zealand due to a knee injury.
The 32-years right -arm fast bowler was suffering from the knee injury in the West Indies series at home, which concluded last month.
Thisara Perera replaces Malinga in the squad. Malinga was also the captain in T20I side in the series, which will be played after completing the ODI series.
New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan said that Sri Lanka will miss him a lot in this series. But also, he pointed out that a younger player will get the opportunity in his place.
McMillan said to the reporters, “That’s a big loss, what a contributor he’s been over a number of years for Sri Lanka. He’s been their key fast bowler. He’s a handful. I’m sure they’ll miss him, but it gives an opportunity to some other younger guys in the squad.”
Earlier, another Sri Lankan key pacer Dhammika Prasad ruled out from the whole tour of New Zealand due to a back injury.
The visitors Sri Lanka will play 5 ODI matches and 2 T20I matches against New Zealand. The limited-over format will begin from the “Boxing Day” with ODIs. Earlier, New Zealand won the two-match Test series by 2-0.
The limited over cricket schedule between New Zealand and Sri Lanka are in the following:-
Dec 26, 2015- 1st ODI at Christchurch
Dec 28, 2015- 2nd ODI at Christchurch
Dec 31, 2015- 3rd ODI at Nelson
Jan 2, 2016- 4th ODI at Nelson
Jan 5, 2016- 5th ODI at Mt Maunganui
Jan 7, 2016- 1st T20I at Mt Maunganui
Jan 10, 2016- 2nd T20I at Auckland