Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who was recently appointed as the limited-overs captain of the national side, is all set to miss the second game of the ongoing tri-series against Bangladesh on Friday (January 19). Sri Lanka have already suffered a 12-run defeat in their opening fixture against the 10th rank Zimbabwe side.
Mathews’ right hamstring is causing a problem for him since January 2017 and the injury popped up once against during the game against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
"Angelo went for a scan today and the reports have been sent to England for the doctors who have been treating him to take a further look and give us an assessment," a Sri Lanka Cricket official was quoted by Cricbuzz as saying.
Mathews will stay in Dhaka until the assessment is made. A final call on his participation in the tournament will be taken on Friday morning. The 22-year-old batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama has been kept on stand-by and will fly to Dhaka if required. Wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella or Danushka Gunathilaka will play in place of Mathews in the game against Bangladesh.
Mathews had stepped down from the post of captaincy after Sri Lanka’s 2-3 ODI series loss against Zimbabwe last year. However, Sri Lanka’s losing streak didn’t stop even after Mathews’ resignation as they got whitewashed by India at home across all three formats followed by another 5-0 ODI series loss against Pakistan. Therefore, SLC decided to rope him in as the skipper of white-ball cricket once again.