Sri Lanka news January 28, 2016

Injured Malinga, Mathews unlikely for India T20s


Angelo Mathews is nursing a groin strain that largely prevented him from bowling in New Zealand © Getty Images

Sri Lanka are likely to send a depleted squad to India next month to play the scheduled T20 series, given a number of injuries to key players. Among them are fast bowler and T20 captain Lasith Malinga, allrounder Angelo Mathews, spinner Rangana Herath and fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep.

India and Sri Lanka are set to play three T20s from February 9 to 14, prior to the Asia Cup that begins on February 24.

Malinga is still recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of the tour to New Zealand. It is learnt that he will require another fortnight to regain full fitness. Test and ODI captain Mathews is nursing a groin strain that largely prevented him from bowling in New Zealand. His injury is less severe than Malinga's, though, and Sri Lanka Cricket are hoping he will be available for the Asia Cup at the end of the month. Malinga's recovery time has already been delayed, after it was initially hoped he would be able to play some part during the limited-overs series in New Zealand.

Pradeep and Herath picked up injuries during the Premier T20 Tournament, a domestic competition, while playing for their respective clubs. Pradeep is being treated for a hamstring injury and Herath for a pulled side muscle.

Sri Lanka Cricket sources revealed that all four are unlikely to figure in the squad for India, and their places are likely to be filled by young players who have performed well in the recently concluded Premier T20. Dinesh Chandimal, who led Sri Lanka in the two T20 internationals in New Zealand, will most probably continue as captain.

A provisional squad of 30 will be picked before February 1 for the World T20, which will be held in India in March. The performances of players in the ongoing Super T20 Provincial Tournament will be taken into consideration when picking the team for the World T20. It is learnt that the squad that is picked for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh - a T20 tournament in its new version - will virtually be the same one as that which will defend Sri Lanka's World T20 title.

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  • Deepak on January 31, 2016, 19:30 GMT

    Ever since the retirement of legends like sanga and mahela,sri lanka looks completely jaded and depleted with malinga injured,dilshan aged,It will be a big task for lankans to defend the world t20.Herath,chandimal and mathews seems to be the only bright spot in the lineup.

  • Aveek on January 28, 2016, 17:28 GMT

    doesn't seems SL have turned into a favourite punching bag for us.. so they will lose anyways....when west indies come here at least they win 1 or 2 matches per tour..but there's every chance SL will be beaten 3-0....a couple of virat/rohit centuries if ind bat first maybe....

  • john on January 28, 2016, 10:29 GMT

    Lankan cannot beat power house INDIA even with mali and methews

  • charaka on January 28, 2016, 10:08 GMT

    Fitness is being the trouble for SL cricket in recent past, is it the players or the physio? Cricket board has to address this question - when Alex was with us we had a such a fit unit, if players are not physically strong their career is in reall jeopardy. Sanga / mahela / vass/ murali were fit enough for long run. I think currently Sl is the physically weakest team in world cricket

  • Narender on January 28, 2016, 10:05 GMT

    What can i say, team which lost all the formats to NZ wants to send a depleted side to India. God grace, please don't send any team at all. We are bored of winning matches Sri Lanka

  •   Arjuna Chamath Wijeratne on January 28, 2016, 9:57 GMT

    anything can happened in T20 Cricket. Youngsters will rise at the right time.Good fielding effort can lift up the morality of the whole team.Going to be a Competitive Series no doubt

  • Cricinfouser on January 28, 2016, 9:13 GMT

    As always Indian fans only has short term memory. Suddenly they win 1 T20 match (forget 5-0), believs they are the best team in the world. Lots are dreaming about future that we all know which is uncertain. Funny.

  • Dark on January 28, 2016, 8:59 GMT

    Now they ca blame losing all on "young and inexperienced team" lost matches as always. we will win 3-0 no doubt. If we bat first win by a margin of 200+ and if we bat second we win by a margin of 10 wickets with 90 balls remaining because we are the best. If the so called mighty Aussies are a no match, no other team will. Go boys.. hand them another thrashing and by the end of the series, they will think "Oh boy, compared to this beating, NZ was nothing. HA HA HA. Even if Malinga, Mathews played results will be the same. Forget that, even if Sanga, Mahela played result will be the same. LOL

  • Cricinfouser on January 28, 2016, 8:52 GMT

    Dont be surprised to hear Chandimal also injured before the tour.

  • rush on January 28, 2016, 8:26 GMT

    My 15 man squad for IND T20's 1 Dilshan 2 Chandimal 3 Thirimanna 4 Milinda 5 Kapugedara 6 Shanaka 7 Ajantha Mendis 8 Prasanna 9 Lakmal 10 Eranga 11 Chameera 12 Kulasekara 13 De Silva 14 Thisara 15 Senanayke Good Luck SL

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