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Sri Lanka to honour Kulasekara in third Bangladesh ODI

Sri Lanka have decided to dedicate their third one-day international against Bangladesh in Colombo to Nuwan Kulasekara, who bid farewell to international cricket last week.

The right-arm paceman will be invited by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to the game at the R. Premadasa Stadium where a special felicitation ceremony has been organized to honour his services to the country's cricket over the years.

"Nuwan Kulasekara has been a vital cog in the Lankan lineup and played exceptional cricket during his time with the national team," President of the SLC, Shammi Silva said.

Kulasekara made his ODI debut in 2003 against England and was a key member of Sri Lanka's T20 World Cup-winning squad in 2014.

Known for his booming inswinging deliveries, Kulasekara was also part of the Sri Lanka team that finished as runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 editions of the World Cup.

For over six months in 2009, the 37-year-old occupied the number one slot in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers.

Kulasekara did not have a similar level of success in Test cricket as he could garner just 21 appearances in the five-day format.

He last played for Sri Lanka during his side's loss to Zimbabwe in July 2017 and has taken a hiatus from competitive cricket since March 2018.

Kulasekara's retirement was preceded by Lasith Malinga's ODI swansong as he bowed out of the 50-over format after the first game of the three-match series against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka have a chance to complete a whitewash over their Asian rivals as they currently lead the series 2-0.

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