Former Sri Lanka seamer Farveez Mahroof lamented the lack of experience in the national team ahead of the limited-overs leg against India. India and Sri Lanka are all set to lock horns in three ODIs and as many T20Is in Colombo from the 13th of July. Farveez Mahroof underlined that Angelo Mathews would especially have been invaluable.
Angelo Mathews made his international debut in 2008 and emerged as the next big thing in Sri Lanka cricket. Angelo Mathews has fulfilled the responsibilities of a seam-bowling all-rounder pretty well; however, the veteran has endured several injuries in the last few years. Mathews, 34, had also considered retiring over the treatment dished out to him by SLC regarding the contracts.
Farveez Mahroof asserted that Sri Lanka will indeed require Angelo Mathews’ experience against India. Even though the 36-year old admitted that the selectors are inclined to give the youngsters more opportunities, the senior players have a chance of making it to the squad against India. According to Mahroof, the scenario remains largely uncertain due to contractual issues.
“His experience will definitely be missed, especially when playing against India. At home, we need that experience in the middle but having said that, this new selection committee has made it clear they want to give more chances to youngsters. But there are chances that some of the senior players would be called for the Indian series, the squad has not been named for the tour, so we don’t know things will pan out as there was a contractual issue too previously,” Mahroof told ANI.
Whenever India comes to Sri Lanka, it’s a massive series: Farveez Mahroof
Farveez Mahroof further claimed that when India visits Sri Lanka, it’s a massive series and believes that Sri Lanka’s batting unit is concerning. The Colombo-born former cricketer highlighted that batting has let them down significantly in the past few months. He continued saying that which is why the tourists will start as favourites; however, hopes for the home side to buck up and fight.
“Whenever India comes to Sri Lanka, it’s a massive series. It was a disappointing last series for Sri Lanka as they lost five games in England. The performance has not been that great when it comes to batting, bowling wise yes there are some positives. But batting has been an issue for Sri Lanka in a little while. In the past few months, batting has let us down massively. So leading into the series, India will definitely start as favourites and Sri Lanka will go as underdogs, so hopefully, or boys pull their socks up and put up a fight,” he added.