Injured Prasad to miss one-dayers
Sri Lanka paceman Dhammika Prasad has been ruled out of the limited-overs series with Pakistan in the UAE.
Prasad, who had been recalled to his country's one-day set-up after missing the series against Australia, pulled his quad muscle in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah and has been replaced in the squad by Thisara Perera, a member of Sri Lanka’s defeated World Cup final team earlier this year.
The withdrawal of Prasad follows strong criticism of the Sri Lankan team’s fitness standards by chief selector Duleep Mendis.
“I don’t know what our physios and masseurs are doing with the players for them to get constantly injured,” said Mendis.
“See the number of players who are injured? Dhammika Prasad is unable to play in two consecutive two Test matches without breaking down. Apart from Prasad there is Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga, Ajantha Mendis and Prasanna Jayawardene all on the injury list.”
Sri Lanka, who lost the three-match Test series 1-0 after failing to force a victory in Sharjah, will play five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match against Pakistan.
The first ODI takes place on November 11 in Dubai.