Injury woes doesn't seem to end for the premier Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews. His lastest calf injury now has ruled Mathews out from the upcoming T20 tri-series including India and Bangladesh as well. The 30-year-old has been doing rehabilitation in Colombo to get fit for the forthcoming series, but sustained a calf injury during training which has now ruled him out of the competition.
"Angelo has been putting in a lot of effort to make himself available for the Nidahas Trophy. He has worked tremendously hard to be fit after being given a strenuous programme to follow. Unfortunately, during one of the training sessions he ended up hurting his calf," a source from Sri Lanka Cricket told Cricbuzz.
Even though the injury is not serious, Mathews was denied participation by the board. While Nuwan Pradeep, Kusal Janith Perera and Dushmantha Chameera who were also injured cleared the fitness test earlier, Mathews failed to do so. He also did not participate in domestic cricket to prove his fitness while the other 3 did.
Meanwhile, Test captain Dinesh Chandimal, who successfully led the side to series wins in Bangladesh in ODIs and T20s in the absence of Mathews, is expected to lead the side during the tri-nation competition.
Mathews has had a series of injuries on his lower body since January last year. The all-rounder returned home early from a tour of South Africa after a hurting his calf. He missed the series against Australia and Bangladesh in 2017 before making a comeback during Champions Trophy. He also missed the tour to UAE for the series against Pakistan in September with a hamstring injury.
The Nidahas Trophy gets underway on March 6 with Sri Lanka taking on India at R. Premadasa Stadium.
Nidahas trophy 2018 schedule
March 6, 2018 – Sri Lanka vs India
March 8, 2018 – India vs Bangladesh
March 10, 2018 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
March 12, 2018 – Sri Lanka vs India
March 14, 2018 – India vs Bangladesh
March 16, 2018 – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
March 18, 2018 – Final