Former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has informed the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that he will be available for selection for the upcoming cricketing tours.
Yesterday, reports emerged that Angelo Mathews is planning for a return to Sri Lanka national cricket team. ESPNcricinfo reported that Mathews had mailed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) informing them about his decision.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket in a media release on 12th October 2021 stated:
“Sri Lanka’s Former Captain Angelo Mathews informed Sri Lanka Cricket that he is available for selections for the upcoming tours.”
“Accordingly, with immediate effect, Mathews will join the squads training at the High-Performance Center, focusing on future international tours.”
“He was relieved from National Duties during the month of July 2021, following a request made by the player, owing to personal reasons.”
Angelo Mathews was last seen in national colours during Sri Lanka’s home Test series against Bangladesh.
Angelo Mathews Might Feature In The Home Test Series Against West Indies
Meanwhile, Earlier this year former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews had made himself unavailable for selection saying he was disappointed with the treatment Sri Lanka Cricket was giving to him and other senior players.
Notably, under the central contracts offered by the board, Mathews was set to take a pay cut in the range of USD 50,000 (LKR 99,50,000 approx). There were even rumours that he was planning to take retirement from cricket after his issues with the cricket board.
Meanwhile, With the return, Angelo Mathews is expected to feature in the upcoming home Test series against West Indies which will commence in November followed by the Lanka Premier League in December. However, he will not feature in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.