Former Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Mathews has opted out of the white ball series against India, Sri Lanka cricket confirmed on Wednesday.
SLC on Wednesday announced that 29 players out of 30 players named by the selectors for the limited-overs series against India have signed the tour contract. “Angelo Mathews, who was included in the 30 players squad has requested Sri Lanka Cricket to relieve him from National duties owing to personal reasons until further notice”, SLC said in an official statement on Wednesday.
Three England players testing positive for COVID-19 had raised concern for Sri Lanka Cricket as India & Sri Lanka are scheduled to come into a face-off with each other in three ODIs & three T20Is. Sri Lanka last played against England in three ODIs & three T20Is & after completing the tour Sri Lanka players returned back on Tuesday evening.
However, sources within the Sri Lanka Board have confirmed that England players who have tested positive for COVID-19 is not a reason to ask the Sri Lanka Players to enter the bio-bubble later as they would have entered the bubble right away as India is already in the country. “Our players will anyway go into a bubble since India is already in the country”, the source within SLC told media. Sri Lanka failed to win even a single match on their England tour after suffering a 3-0 series sweep in T20Is & a 2-0 win in the ODI series.
The ECB has announced an 18 player squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan. The announcement came after the news that three England players of the main squad & four members of the support staff have tested positive for COVID-19 & thus the initially selected England’s squad is required to go under isolation. Meanwhile, India is slated to play three ODIs and as many T20Is against Sri Lanka from July 13 to July 25 in Colombo.