Watch: Nuwan Kulasekara ‘visibly shaken’ by an accident

Nuwan Kulasekara
Sri Lankan pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan cricketer Nuwan Kulasekara was involved in an accident on Monday afternoon which saw a twenty-eight-year-old motorist dead. A source close the Sri Lankan pace bowler said that Kulasekara was ‘visibly shaken’ by the incident.

In his statement to the Police, Kulasekara had said the motorist had been thrown into in his path while he was travelling from Gampaha to Colombo through the Kandy – Colombo route. The incident happened near the AG’s office, near the Kirillawella junction in Kadawatha.


Kulasekara said the motorcyclist had been travelling in the opposite direction when he had overtaken a bus, crashed into the ‘bund’ in the middle of the road, and was thrown onto the path of his vehicle. He termed the accident as an ‘unfortunate’ one.

Kadawatha Police took him into official custody and produced before the Mahara Magistrate and was released on bail on Monday. Speaking to Daily News Online, a spokesperson for Sri Lanka Cricket said that the body would assist Kulasekera in the legal process to follow, and will also seek to support him though what it termed an ‘undoubtedly a traumatic experience.’ Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) also offered its condolence to the bereaved family.

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The 34-year old was once ranked as the No. 1 bowler in the ICC rankings. He represented Sri Lanka in 21 Test matches, where he bagged 48 wickets before retiring in June 2014, to focus more on the limited-overs format. His last Test match was against England at the Lord’s cricket ground.

Kulasekara, who impressed right from his ODI debut, picked 186 wickets from 173 ODI and 56 wickets from 50 T20I matches. With the bat, he scored 4 half-centuries in ODIs and one 50 plus score in Test cricket.

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