The limited-overs leader of Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the upcoming Bangladesh two-match Twenty20 International series after nursing a hamstring injury during the recently concluded Tri-nation series which was won by Lions.
Before the tri-nation series kick off in Bangladesh in January, the all-rounder Mathews was appointed as the skipper in the shorter format until the culmination of 2019 World Cup which is scheduled in England and Wales.
Chief selector expressed a concern:
The Sri Lankan chief selector Graeme Labroov for the two matches in Bangladesh we don’t want to lose the prominent player for the longest period in the national fold.
“We don’t want to risk Angelo for just two games,” Labroov was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
In the recent past, the 30-year-old Mathews has been struggling with multiple injuries.
Known for his all-round efforts Mathews has been in and out of the squad since past one year after being blighted by injuries.
Moreover, it’s considered as the big blow for the Lions, Mathews will miss the final Test including two Twenty20 Internationals which is scheduled on February 15 and 18 respectively.
After the first Test ended in a draw, the decider is scheduled to beginning from February 8 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
After marred by injuries, Mathews has gone under rigorous rehabilitation programme which further saw him missing out on all-important clashes for the national team in the contemporary cricket.
Tri-nation series in March:
The T20 tri-nation series is scheduled to kick off on March 8 at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo which further includes India and Bangladesh, as Mathews is expected to be fit for the home series.
“Our plan is now to bring him for next month’s tri-nation Nidahas Trophy at home,” Labrooy was maintained.
As Lions have struggled in the recent past that further saw the change in the strategy has somewhat seen them giving their best in the first Test against the Tigers with top-order delivering their best which subsequently saw them registering staggering 713 for nine at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Another exciting all-rounder Thisara Perera, who has been interim skipper in the limited-overs formed is expected to lead the players on the field in the upcoming two-match T20 series.
Concluding with the opinion, Sri Lankan players have struggled when it comes to the fitness which further saw them paying the price even though the Board has taken the stern action.
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