Mathews likely to return to Sri Lanka side for T20 series against Bangladesh

By Staff Writers | March 19, 2017

Sri Lanka's captain has been out of the side since his injury in South Africa earlier this year. © AFP

Angelo Mathews will make his comeback from injury next month for the T20 series against Bangladesh, according to Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya.

Mathews, who has been out of the side since his injury in South Africa in January, was not included in Sri Lanka's ODI squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh but will return to the side for the first T20 on April 4.

Jayasuriya made the announcement during a brief guest commentary stint on the fourth day of the second Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.

The chief selector did not elaborate on his announcement, as he unexpectedly exited the commentary box shortly after making the statement, when Sri Lanka lost the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne and it became evident that the home side were crashing to a humiliating defeat against Bangladesh.

Mathews revealed late last month that he would require another three weeks for his injury to fully heal.

"It's the tendon of my right hamstring which was injured in South Africa," he told Sri Lanka's Sunday Times. "Rather than a muscle, doctors say that it takes longer to heal and get back to normal."

© Island Cricket


Alwis Daluperuma's picture

Ha ha! Sanath beat a hasty retreat immediately aftet Arnold said Bangladesh are on the way to a historic win.

Anonymous1's picture

I doubt that Mathews will play T20s for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh. I don't think he will risk an injury just before the IPL. I feel that Sanath knows that Mathews will not play. Maybe that is why he left the combox immediately after saying that Mathews will play. I think Arnold unsettled Sanath by inquiring about Mathews.

Cricket, as we all know, has become "big business".And in a business, decisions are made based on how much money can be earned.

Do not believe when a player says that playing for the country is the ultimate honor. That is complete BS. They focus on massive contracts from T20 franchises. Who can blame them? So folks, Just enjoy cricket!
Malinga will play the T20s as he has to bowl only 8 overs during the two games. And it will be a perfect warm-up for the IPL.

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