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SL’s injured Mathews ruled out of Bangladesh tour
February 07, 2018
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Colombo: Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the rest of the Bangladesh tour due to a hamstring injury, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.

Mathews, who sustained the injury during the tri-nation ODI tournament that Sri Lanka won in Bangladesh last month, will miss the second and final Test against the hosts as well as the two subsequent T20 matches.

Mathews, 30, was recently named as Sri Lanka’s captain in the shorter format until the 2019 World Cup.

But he has been beset by injuries and now faces a race against time to be fit for a T20 tri-nation tournament at home involving Bangladesh and India. The tri-series will be played at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium from March 8.

Mathews has suffered “a right hamstring tightness (and) will not take part in the two T20 matches”, Sri Lanka cricket said in a statement. “His participation in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 will be decided after an assessment of his medical conditions.”

Thisara Perera is likely to stand in as captain for the two T20 games in Bangladesh on Feb. 15 and 18.

Agence France-Presse

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