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Sri Lanka call up Rajitha as Pradeep replacement

Sri Lanka call up Rajitha as Pradeep replacement
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - England v Sri Lanka - Headingley, Leeds, Britiain - June 21, 2019 Sri Lanka's Nuwan Pradeep celebrates taking the wicket of England's Mark Wood and winning the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff -
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(Reuters) – Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after contracting chickenpox with selectors calling up Kasun Rajitha as a replacement, the International Cricket Council said on Saturday.

Rajitha, 26, has played six one-day internationals for Sri Lanka, taking five wickets, and made his ODI debut against South Africa in August last year. He is expected to feature in Sri Lanka’s next match against West Indies on Monday.

Following Friday’s loss to South Africa, Sri Lanka must win their final two group games, against West Indies and India, and hope other results go their way if they are to reach the semi-finals.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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