Sri Lanka to dedicate third Bangladesh ODI to Kulasekara

Right-arm pacer played a key part in Sri Lanka's ICC T20 Men's World Cup victory in 2014

Sri Lanka to dedicate third Bangladesh ODI to Kulasekara PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lanka will dedicate Wednesday's third one-day international (ODI) against Bangladesh to fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara who recently announced his retirement from international cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement on Monday that it would invite the bowler to witness the game at the Premadasa Stadium, and arrange a ceremony to honour his services he had rendered for the country's cricket.

"Nuwan Kulasekara has been a vital cog in the Lankan line-up and played exceptional cricket during his time with the national team," said Shammi Silva, President of the Sri Lanka Cricket.

Kulasekara made his Sri Lanka debut with an ODI against England in 2003 and played a key part in Sri Lanka's International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 Men's World Cup victory in 2014.

He was a vital member of the Sri Lanka team, who entered the 2011 Men's Cricket World Cup final against India, and was the top-ranked bowler in the ICC ODI rankings for over six months in 2009.

He played last of 184 ODIs against Zimbabwe in July 2017 and was not selected in any of the format since then.

Last week, star Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga retired after the first match of the series against Bangladesh.

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Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 2-0, thanks to 91-run and seven-wicket win in the first two matches.

On the other, Bangladesh will wear black armbands in the third game to pay respect to the country's first captain Shamim Kabir.

Kabir, who led the national team against an international opponent in their first match against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in January 1977, died of cancer on Monday.