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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is likely to be sidelined for the upcoming Twenty20 series against Bangladesh and miss the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well.
Mathews has been out of action ever since he injured his hamstring in a Twenty20 International against South Africa in January.
While he should be fully fit by now, his comeback has been delayed by a mild calf strain.
“At this stage I think I can say Angelo will not play the T20s,” Sri Lanka manager Asanka Gurusinha said. “The only chance is the second one, but, to be honest, I doubt it. The IPL will be affected because he has to wait for the physio and the trainer to give him the green light. He has to be 100% fit. Angelo has to make that call with the physio, because if he’s not 100% fit, we will not let him go.”
Mathews was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for his base price of INR 2 crore at the IPL auction in February, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will be hesitant to let him feature in the tournament as they will want him to be healthy for the Champions Trophy in England in June.
“Angie is unbelievably understanding,” Gurusinha said. “He wants to give everything for Sri Lankan cricket. He says: ‘Aiya [brother], I want to be fit for the Champions Trophy’, and he wants to be fit. He’s disappointed.”