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Mathews, Chandimal declare fitness for South Africa tour

File photo - Angelo Mathews missed the tour of Zimbabwe with multiple leg injuries while Dinesh Chandimal had dislocated his right thumb AFP

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal have declared they are fit to go on the tour of South Africa that begins in mid-December. They made the announcements during SLC's Dialog Cricketer of the Year award ceremony held in Colombo on Wednesday night.

Both Mathews and Chandimal missed Sri Lanka's recent tour of Zimbabwe, where Rangana Herath and Upul Tharanga led the Test and ODI sides respectively. Mathews was recovering from multiple leg injuries including a torn calf, while Chandimal had undergone surgery on his right hand after suffering "multiple dislocations around the thumb area" while playing a domestic match.

When he accepted one of his three awards, the compere asked Mathews whether he was fit for the South Africa tour. He replied, "Yes, I have recovered from my injury completely and I am fit to tour South Africa."

The same question was posed to Chandimal when he received his award, and he said, "My recovery process has been really good and I am feeling fit to make the tour to South Africa."

Mathews won the Cricketer of the Year award for his performances across formats in 2015, and also bagged the Allrounder of the Year award for both Tests and ODIs. Chandimal, meanwhile, was adjudged Test Batsman of the Year.

Dialog Cricketer of the Year awards for 2015: Cricketer of the Year: Angelo Mathews, People's Player of the Year: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Future Cricketer of the Year: Kusal Mendis, Test Batsman of the Year: Dinesh Chandimal, Test Bowler of the Year: Rangana Herath, Test Allrounder of the Year: Angelo Mathews, ODI Batsman of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara, ODI Bowler of the Year: Lasith Malinga, ODI Allrounder of the Year: Angelo Mathews, T20I Batsman of the Year: Tillakaratne Dilshan, T20I Bowler of the Year: Lasith Malinga, ODI Batsman of the Year (Women): Chamari Atapattu, ODI Bowler of the Year (Women): Inoka Ranaweera, ODI Allrounder of the Year (Women): Shashikala Siriwardene, International Commentator of the Year: Russel Arnold, International Journalist of the Year: Rex Clementine, International Umpire of the Year: Ruchira Palliyaguruge.