Mathews ruled out of Tri-Nation Series

Published : 9:20 am  February 28, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (73) reads | 

09Sri Lanka limited-overs Captain Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of next month’s Tri-Nation Twenty20 Tournament after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.

The hosts will be led by Dinesh Chandimal in the series starting on March 6 at the R. Premadasa Stadium. India and Bangladesh are the other two teams competing.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced a 20-man preliminary squad that will be cropped to 15 today.

“Angelo Mathews was not considered for selection as he is still recovering from the injury he suffered during the concluded Tri-Nation Series in Bangladesh,” the Board said in a release.
Mathews, 30, was in January named as Sri Lanka’s Captain in the shorter format until the 2019 World Cup.

But the all-rounder has been beset by injuries and has led the side in just a single one-day international, against Zimbabwe in Dhaka last month.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Interim Coach Courtney Walsh yesterday said he would be pushing his side for consistency in next month’s Tri-Nations series after a string of poor finishes.
The former Caribbean fast bowling great, usually a pace instructor for Bangladesh, is stepping up in the absence of a coach for the Twenty20 Tournament.

Walsh, who has been working with Bangladesh’s bowlers since 2016, said the side lacked consistency, not talent.

“If we can get consistent, we will be happy. It is going to be the biggest challenge and it is something that I will be stressing on a lot,” he told reporters. Walsh said he had not needed ‘a long discussion’ to take up the offer.

“Once the opportunity came, it wasn’t anything too difficult to discuss. I want to improve what we are doing here and hopefully take up a challenge,” he said.

The 55-year old former West Indies captain, who was once Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker with 519 scalps, said his role would be more that of a mentor than a coach.
“It is going to be like a father figure, to give them the confidence,” he said.

The Sri Lanka Preliminary Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Jeewan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella,Sadeera Samarawickrama, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera and Dananjaya de Silva.