Angelo Mathews ruled out of Bangladesh tour with hamstring injury
Angelo Mathews, who picked up the injury during the tri-nation tournament that Sri Lanka won last month, will miss the second and final Test against hosts Bangladesh as well as the two T20 matches that follow.cricket Updated: Feb 06, 2018 12:52 IST
Sri Lanka cricket team’s limited-overs captain Angelo Mathews will not take any further part in the team’s ongoing tour of Bangladesh.
Mathews had played only one match in the recently-concluded tri-nation ODI series also involving Zimbabwe before he was sidelined with a hamstring problem.
He was expected to return to fitness during the ongoing Test series, but with his recovery still incomplete, he has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour.
According to an ESPNCricinfo report, the Sri Lankan team management while confirming the news of Mathews’ unavailability from the ongoing tour said that it was hoping him to be fit for the next month’s Nidahas Trophy - a T20 tri-series featuring Bangladesh and India.
However, considering the history of prolonged injuries that the 30-year old has had over the years, things don’t appear too bright for him.
This is the third consecutive occasion when Mathews had taken a withdrawal from an overseas tour due to an injury. He faced similar problems in Sri Lanka’s tours of India and South Africa earlier. Going back in 2016 he missed the entire tour to Zimbabwe due to multiple leg injuries.
Mathews, who was reinstated as captain of Sri Lanka in January last year, had stepped down from his position in all three formats following his team’s 3-2 home ODI defeat against Zimbabwe in last July. While Dinesh Chandimal came as an obvious replacement as leader in ODIs and Tests, he may not make it to the T20 side.
With Sri Lanka set to play two T20Is following the conclusion of Test series in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka have to find a new leader. All-rounder Thisara Perera is expected to lead the side for the series again.