Former Sri Lankan captain all-rounder Anglelo Mathews will be fit and available for the upcoming tour of India which begins in second-half of November. Sri Lanka set to play three tests, three One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals on that tour of India. Angelo Mathews who spent most of his time with injury rehabilitation in past 12 months period, will play a huge role for Sri Lanka once he fine with full fitness.
The all rounder Asela Gunaratne and wicket keeper Kusal Perera also seems to be back for the national duties. All three Mathews, Gunaratne and Kusal were not a part of recently concluded Pakistan tour but will be welcomed back warmly following Sri Lanka’s recent struggles in limited-overs contests. Sri Lanka have lost their last 16 white-ball matches, including both ODI and T20I series whitewashes against Pakistan and India.
“Angelo and Kusal Janith [Perera] have both recovered and they will be considered for selection for the Indian series. Asela Gunaratne is fit as well,” SLC CEO Ashley De Silva said.
Sri Lanka’s interim head coach Nic Pothas feels Sri Lanka’s three captains for the Pakistan tour, hinted that after a string of such negative results change in personnel might be the best way forward. “It’s pretty obvious what the mood will be like when you’ve lost 16 games,” Pothas said. “With respect to new faces, that’s a conversation that we need to have with the selectors. But I think it stands to reason that in any walk of life, when you’ve had negative results for a period of time you need to see some change somewhere,” he added.
“On the Test series, let me remind you that we made history,” he stated. “We did something that no other nation has ever done in the UAE. It tends to have been forgotten due to the fact that ODIs follow the Tests. But we have to give huge credit to the team and to the captain,” Pothas noted.
“The team didn’t have many players with international experience. Most were inexperienced, including me as captain. Nevertheless the players had the drive to play and win. Although it was a youthful side, a lot of them had experience playing domestic cricket. Their attitude was also right. That’s the attitude we need in the team. Although we didn’t perform as we would have liked with the bat, the bowlers did us proud.
“The second match, we had the match in our hands till the last ball, I think we lost the victory as we didn’t have the experience to handle it. If these players are given a chance they can do a lot more for Sri Lanka cricket,” he added.