Mathews, who became the captain once again before the start of the tri-nation series was able to play one match in the tournament as he suffered an injury which ruled him out of the rest of the series and also the Bangladesh series.
Sri Lanka waited on to know Mathews’ situation before announcing the squad of Nidahas Trophy but on Tuesday, it has been confirmed that Mathews can’t feature in the upcoming series due to the calf injury.
Sri Lanka Cricket told Cricbuzz:
“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.”
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.