Big blow to Sri Lanka team ahead of series against India, Mathews may retire


Senior Sri Lankan player Angelo Mathews has urged Sri Lanka Cricket to abstain from national responsibility until further notice amid the contract dispute.

New Delhi. Sri Lankan player Angelo Mathews has pulled out of the limited overs series against India due to personal reasons. According to the report, Mathews has urged Sri Lanka Cricket to abstain from national responsibility until further notice amid the contract dispute. Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday announced that 29 out of 30 players have signed contracts for the limited overs series against India. Among the current players, the senior-most Mathews and Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne have been left out of the national contract.

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Mathews hints at retirement
Mathews, 34, has written to the Sri Lankan cricket administration that he is contemplating retirement. He may announce his retirement in the next few days. Last month, Sri Lankan players refused to sign contracts for the tour of England, citing lack of transparency in the central contract. However, later this tour went as per schedule where Sri Lanka had to face defeat.

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3 players were banned on England tour
During the England tour, vice-captain Kushal Mendis, opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka and wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella were sent home for breaching the bio bubble. Doubt remains on whether these players will take part in the series against India. India has to play three ODIs and three T20 matches against Sri Lanka from July 13 to 25.





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