Angelo Mathews’ injury woe emerged as the most recent blow to Sri Lanka. The team was only in the first leg of the tri-nation tournament against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, that it had to let Mathews go from the squad. The team lost the first match of the tournament against Zimbabwe. In the match, Mathews’ hamstring injury fired up again leading to his dismissal from the team. The vice-captain had to be scanned and kept under strict monitoring. The player also had to stop his South Africa campaign mid-way in the last year due to similar injury issues in calf, ankle and hamstring. The same trouble kept him away from the Australia campaign as well.
In absence of Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal will be leading the ODI team. The latter is the current captain of the Test team. Sri Lanka toured Bangladesh without a vice-captain. It was only a week before when the player was given back the leadership baton of team Sri Lanka. It was the same series of injury and personal woes that made Mathews leave him captainship before barely six months. After coach Hathurusingha took the helm of the team, Mathews was persuaded again to become the captain. However, his fragile state of health will come up as a serious drawback to this decision.
As the new captain was left out, Sri Lanka selectors will seek several other batsmen as options to replace him. Sadeera Samarawickrama, Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella has been line up for selection. The latter is reserved as stand-by player, while of the formers would replace Mathews. Sri Lanka has been through a tumultuous time with series defeat and drastic disruptions within the team. In about six months, the ODI leadership was change for six times. Chandimal is the sixth captain of the ODI side after Mathews resigned last summer.
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