The Sri Lankan captain, Angelo Mathews, who recently announced his unavailability for the first Test match against Zimbabwe has withdrawn from the complete Zimbabwe tour to be fully fit for the upcoming South Africa tour, which starts in the month of December.
“I had about one-and-a-half months to recover and I was preparing myself to be ready for the Zimbabwe tour,”Unfortunately there has been a setback.”
“Unfortunately there has been a setback.
“We did an MRI scan which revealed that I had multiple injuries on the same leg. I had to pull out after the expert medical panel advised me and [told] SLC not to send me to Zimbabwe because it might jeopardize my chances of playing in South Africa.
“We are planning to take a closer look at why this is happening. I hope my injury doesn’t take that long to heal. The doctors have advised rest, and the recovery can be earlier than that or more; we will have to play it by ear. I don’t think it will surpass the South African tour,” Mathews concluded.
With Mathews sidelined from the squad and the vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal being not available for Test series, it is confirmed that Rangana Herath will be leading the squad in both the Test matches.
Continues injuries have now turned into a headache for this team as if Chandimal is not fit for ODI series as well, in that case the Lankan selectors will have an additional task to search a new captain for this team.