Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Matthews has said that their team is not well prepared for the India tour. Sri Lanka is expected to play a series of 5 ODI’s which starts from November 2. After West Indies abandoned the tour leaving it midway, the BCCI invited Sri Lanka which SLC gladly accepted.

Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara expressed that it has disturbed his fitness regimes and now it is Angelo Matthews, who says that they were focusing on their fitness rather than skills for the home series against England late november. It was a good break for Sri Lanka to get ready for the World Cup but they will now fill the gap from where West Indies left.

This is what he said “The preparation for the series is not that great, we only had a few practice sessions especially with the weather interrupting,” Mathews said. “It is not the ideal preparation for an Indian tour but we will do our best to prepare ourselves and take it as it comes.”

“We had a good break to improve our physical fitness; a good month and a half fitness session, and now we have to maintain that fitness,” Mathews said. “I am sure during the Indian matches we won’t be able to do strenuous training as we did in the past one and a half months, but we will try and maintain it and look at it positively.

“We were preparing for the England series because we knew that there weren’t any tours coming before that. We were focused on a lot on fitness and we just started batting three days ago. We only had a few skill-training sessions. We needed to reach our peak levels during the England series but now that we’ve been thrown into a challenge we will try our best to be prepared as much as we can.”

Sri Lanka will leave for India on October 28 and the tour will commence on October 30 where they will play a practice game against India A in Mumbai.

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