A huge blow for Sri Lanka ahead of their first ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match as the side’e regular captain Angelo Mathews is doubtful for the match against South Africa on Saturday because of a calf injury.
“Mathews had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the team management to conduct radiographic investigations, which revealed a strain on the muscle,” ESPNcricinfo quoted a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) release as saying.
“He will engage in supervised recovery over the next few days but will most likely sit out the first group stage match,” it added.
However, in the absence of the regular captain, vice-captain Upul Tharanga will Lead Sri Lanka in the high voltage match against South Africa.
To be noted, the 29-year-old all-rounder has not been featured in any international cricket match for Sri Lanka since January 2017, because of a hamstring complaint, and had also missed a tri- series in Zimbabwe late last year because of “multiple injuries” in his legs.
Sri Lanka SQUAD : Angelo Mathews (capt), Upul Tharanga (vice-capt), Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Nuwan Kulasekera, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com