Mathews’ chances are slim for T-20s


Sri Lanka’s white ball captain Angelo Mathews has been troubled by a hamstring injury in recent months

After being ruled out of the ODI and Test leg of the tour of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka’s white ball captain Angelo Mathews is racing against time to be fit for the two match T-20 series that will take place after the Test series. Selection sources told Sunday Island that they are now only looking at bringing Mathews for the Nidhas Trophy tri-nation tournament at home involving India and Bangladesh.

The 30-year-old returned home from Dhaka with a hamstring injury and has been continuing rehab work in Colombo. Test captain Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side in the two match T-20 series.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Lasith Malinga is also unlikely to feature in the T-20 series.

Malinga, who was axed from the side after the home series against India in September last year wasn’t selected for the Bangladesh ODIs.

Sources said that Malinga had been urged to prove his fitness by taking part in the ongoing domestic tournament but since turning up for NCC before Christmas in a First Class game, Malinga has played little competitive cricket.

Sources said that the fast bowler hasn’t been ruled out of the Nidhas Trophy. While there are doubts about the participation of Nuwan Pradeep and Dushmantha Chameera during the showpiece event at R. Premadasa Stadium in March, if the selectors opt to rest Suranga Lakmal, like they did for the T-20s in India, Sri Lanka’s bowling will have little experience and Malinga’s presence will be vital.

Having missed out on international cricket for close to two years due to a knee injury, Malinga made a return to the side during the Champions Trophy last year. However, since his return, the 34-year-old has been a pale shadow of his former self having taken just ten wickets in 13 games at an average of 62, way above his career average of 28.


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