Sri Lankan ace Kulasekara on his way to Papplewick

SIR LANKAN ACE -- Kosela Kulasekara
SIR LANKAN ACE -- Kosela Kulasekara

The paperwork has almost been completed for the return to Papplewick and Linby of Sri Lankan cricket international Kosela Kulasekara.

All-rounder Kulasekara (28) only just missed out on a place in the Sri Lankan squad currently touring England for Test matches and one-day games.

But Papplewick chairman Neil South confirmed this week that he will be on his way to Papplewick as soon as the Home Office give the nod.

“We are still waiting for his visa to be issued, but it is imminent,” said South.

“He is sat in Colombo waiting for the call. He wants to come, and we are now pretty sure he will come.”

A big-hitting batsman and a lively bowler, Kulasekara has played in one Test and four ODIs for his country.

He made a big impact in his first spell for Papplewick in the Notts Premier League (NPL) in 2008, scoring an 83-minute century in one match.

Now he has been earmarked as the overseas star to resurrect their fortunes after relegation from the NPL last summer.

Papplewick have made a sticky start to the new campaign in the Bassetlaw League, but finally got off the mark last Saturday in their first home win at Papplewick Hall for two years.

Kulasekara will be one of two overseas international cricketers playing in the Dispatch district this summer. The other is South African wicketkeeper/batsman Dale Campbell, who has signed for Hucknall.