Dhammika Prasad Ruled Out of Sri Lanka's New Zealand Tour
Dhammika Prasad suffered a back injury in Sri Lanka's warm-up match against a New Zealand President's XI in Queenstown on Saturday.
A back injury has forced fast bowler Dhammika Prasad out of Sri Lanka's cricket tour to New Zealand, days before the start of the first of two Tests. (Sri Lanka Draw With New Zealand President's XI in Warm-Up Match)
Prasad was due to lead the Sri Lankan pace attack in the first Test, which starts at the University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday. (Sri Lanka Drop Lahiru Thirimanne From Test Squad for New Zealand Tour)
But a back injury suffered in a warm-up match against a President's XI, which ended in Queenstown on Saturday, has ruled Prasad out of the Test and subsequent five-match one-day series.
Prasad will be replaced in both the Test and one-day squads by uncapped paceman Vishwa Fernando, who joins Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal among the tourists pace options.