Sri Lanka news April 17, 2012

Mathews must be wary of injury in IPL - de Mel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka allrounder, should be wary of managing his workload in the IPL, national chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel has said. Mathews has had several fitness issues recently, leading to questions about his future as a bowler, and so his bowling in the IPL has raised concerns.

"As selectors, we don't have any control over the IPL. We can't tell them what to do and what not to do," de Mel told the Island. "He [Mathews] may be thinking that [if] he bowls at the IPL, his value is more as he goes as an allrounder. He will struggle if he bowls 10 overs [in an ODI]. In the IPL, the maximum he will bowl is four overs and that could be possible. The duration of the game is also short. However, there is a strain on his body.

"The problem is if he gets injured. I have personally told him that if he bowls, his career will be shortened. If he doesn't want to listen to us, then I don't know what more can be done. People have to realise what is more important to them. Playing the IPL or playing for the country."

When contacted by ESPNcricinfo, Upali Dharmadasa, the president of Sri Lanka Cricket, said that Mathews had been cleared to bowl in the IPL by the physio and team management. "As far as I am concerned, when the necessary authorities have cleared him, why should Sri Lanka Cricket stop him."

Mathews, who is Sri Lanka's vice-captain, had bowled an aggregate of five overs in Pune Warriors matches against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. He is coming off a calf injury that kept him out of cricket for a month - from the finals of the Commonwealth Bank series in Australia through to the first Test against England in Galle - and prevented him from bowling in the Colombo Test. In the past year he also suffered groin and quadriceps injures.

After Mathews had failed a fitness test in the run-up to the Galle Test against England, de Mel had said he potentially faced a future as a specialist batsman for Sri Lanka. Mathews responded by saying while he would have to manage his workload in Tests, he would continue bowling in the shorter formats.

If Mathews continued to pick up injuries, de Mel said he could not expect to be an automatic pick in the Sri Lanka team. "As there is a strain on his body, the prospects of him getting injured are there and then we will be forced to leave him out. If someone else comes and performs, then he cannot be assured of his place."

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  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    IPL made cricketers RICHER!!!!! Not that they were starving to death before that. They have all earned fortunes, they can go on without getting a cent paid from the board of cricket for five years! Mathews is a National player, not just a county cricketer. He have NO excuse for playing around with his injury to secure a place in his IPL team risking his long term carreer playing for his country.

  • manjula on April 18, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Now SL fans are saying cricketers has a life and need money. Of course they do...but what about those who played free to bring the test status. When SL won the WC 1996 was there any money !!!! Like Sanga once said these all began after 1996. Now everyone need money. What I am saying if he cannot play for country as an allrounder, then he shouldn't play as an alrounder in IPL. If someone cannot play for the country but can play IPL what is the value. If money is important then he should quite SL cricket and play IPL. Let's see how far that can go. Same goes fro Chris Gale.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Good comment Mr. Mel, But you are jealous.

  • Fawmy on April 18, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Absolutely correct and well said Mr. De Mel, but I can only say that IPL is short term contract and BIG BIG MONEY.. so Mathews won't think about his fitness.

  • saminda on April 18, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    just forget this.time will tell us what will happen,mathews will be the captain of sri lanka some day..................

  • bharath74 on April 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    SLB cant even pay salary on time, cant believe that they are complaining. . Cricketers unlike us wont work for 30 years. Their shelf life is 10 years, wat ever they make in those 10yrs will have to last for the rest of their life. Boards should understand this and should stop threatening cricketers.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    He can bowl in IPL or what ever league he likes but when it comes to Sri Lanka selection if he is not up to the fitness to perform as a all rounder he should be dropped. The biggest mistake SLC is doing is giving automatic selection place in the team. We DO NOT NEED half fit mathews in the sri lanka squad. Its better to give that chance to another youngster.

    Its not a problem to play in IPL but put it before your country guess we are better of without players like that. (PS: I am not talking about malinga as he has always done his duty, but mathews is 70% of the time out of the team because of injury. Just bench warming. ) Better to give that chance to someone else.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Is there anyone who will say no to money? Sports persons' lives are tough. Unlike so many other jobs there is no certainty about income. So these players must have been really good to have come up so much. Try bowling a cricket ball for God's sake. Moreover, these guys sweat it out. They are world class. So why not let them make money when many actresses can show skin and make money easily? Most films are crap anyhow. Why rule the sportsmen differently? Even in other areas, some people get too much money. So let us enjoy IPL and respect the players, Let us be positive about economics. Yes players should respect their countries as they got famous by starting for the country. mathhews, malinga...there will be many more who will come up with such injuries to play for the IPL. But what's wrong? Humans need money don't they? Playing for country is not assured. So make money while IPL is there and while one is young and who knows what injury will come up. will the country take care then?

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    This selector chappy needs to wake up. Country or IPL? No Food or empty stomach? Again, no brainer - food I guess. Unless of course, you are a Sri Lankan cricketeer who can play for his country without pay for say...two years?

  • Indian on April 18, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    not even worth a comment... whats wrong with a cricketer earning a livelihood... especially when the home board does not pay!!

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