Mathews sits out Zim tour

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SRI Lanka skipper An­gelo Mathews pulled out of the Zimbabwe tour later this month, join­ing his deputy Di­nesh Chandi­mal who is also stay­ing away be­cause of in­jury, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

“Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to an­nounce that veteran spin­ner Ran­gana Herath will lead the Sri Lanka team in the two test se­ries against Zimbabwe com­menc­ing Oc­to­ber 29 in Harare,” a state­ment said.

It did not say why Mathews pulled out, but of­fi­cial sources said a re­cur­ring calf mus­cle in­jury forced him to rest ahead of the three-test tour of South Africa start­ing late De­cem­ber.

Vice Cap­tain Chandi­mal was omit­ted from a 15-man squad on Fri­day al­low­ing him more time to re­cover from a thumb in­jury he sus­tained dur­ing a do­mes­tic match last month.

There are three new faces in the squad for Zimbabwe — fast bowlers Ka­sun Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara and all­rounder Asela Gu­naratne.

The first test be­gins on Oc­to­ber 29 in Harare while the se­cond is sched­uled from Novem­ber 6 at the same venue. — AFP

An­gelo Mathews

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