Sri Lanka is again at loss as the re-appointed captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the Nidahas Trophy because of his calf injury. Mathew was re-appointed in January after he suffered a hamstring injury during the South Africa tour.
The 30-year-old skipper was under rehabilitation to get ready for the upcoming tri-nation T20I series that also include India and Bangladesh. However, the Sri Lanka Cricket medical staff did not approve his presence in the game.
Mathews has been struggling with injury for the last 18 months, while most of his problems are related to his hamstring injury but during Sri Lanka’s visit to South Africa, he ended up hurting his calf which had him sit on the bench for the series against Australia in 2017. Then he made a comeback in the Champions Trophy in England, unfortunately, he suffered another hamstring injury that caused him to miss the UAE tour.
A Sri Lanka Cricket staff told Cricbuzz, “Angelo has been putting in a lot of effort to make himself available for the Nidahas Trophy. He has worked tremendously hard to be fit after being given a strenuous programme to follow. Unfortunately, during one of the training sessions, he ended up hurting his calf.”
There were four Lankan players including Mathews who were asked to play the domestic T20 competition to ascertain their fitness. Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, and Kusal Perera were the other three players. While the trio was able to play in the competition, Mathews was not able to participate.
After the game, both Perera and Pradeep were given the green signal to play while Chameera is yet to undergo another fitness test. In absence of Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal who led the Sri Lankan side successfully against Bangladesh is expected to captain the team for the Nidahas Trophy.
Because of the frequent injuries, it is necessary that Angelo Mathews rethinks about his training methods or an alternative to get fit fast as the Sri Lanka team will need him in the upcoming World Cup tournament in 2019.