Kings XI Punjab call up Kulasekera
by CricketArcchive Staff Reporter

Player:SE Marsh, KMDN Kulasekara
Event:Indian Premier League 2009

DateLine: 29th April 2009


King's XI Punjab have called up Sri Lankan all-rounder Nuwan Kulasekera as a replacement for Shaun Marsh in their squad. Australian Marsh will fly home from his teamís series against Pakistan in the UAE on Friday morning after scans confirmed a recurrence of a hamstring injury.


Kulasekera is currently the number one ranked bowler in the ICC World Rankings for One Day Internationals. He returned in to the Sri Lankan squad in April 2008 and has taken 47 wickets at 20.97 in 29 matches, with a strike-rate of 28.00 and an economy rate of 4.45.


Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is also a key member of the Kings XI Punjab, said recently: "Nuwan fully deserves his number one ranking after an outstanding year for us. Since cementing his place in the side he has been extremely consistent and reliable for us, taking wickets with the new ball and keeping things tight."


Marsh re-injured his left hamstring while batting in Wednesday night's opening one-day loss against Pakistan in Dubai. It was his first game in national colours since tearing the same muscle fielding against New Zealand at the WACA on February 1.


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