Veteran Sri Lankan versatile player Angelo Mathews withdrew from the upcoming ODI and T20I series against India due to personal reasons.
The Sri Lankan Council [SLC] revealed the same while announcing that 29 out of 30 players selected for the three ODIs and as many T20Is against India have signed the central contract.
Angelo Mathews last performed for Sri Lanka in a Test match against Bangladesh in April. The versatile player along with other senior players like Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal was left out for the white ball assignments against Bangladesh and England.
“Sri Lanka Cricket would like to announce that 29 players, out of the 30 members nominated by the Cricket Selectors to be considered for the White-Ball series against India, have signed the Tour Contract,” the SLC said in a statement. said.
“Angelo Mathews, who has been included in the respective group of 30 members, requested Sri Lanka Cricket to relieve him of personal duties for further reasons until further notice.” the state.
It said sources claimed that Angelo Mathews and Test captain Karunaratne were excluded from the contract list offered on Wednesday.
According to reports in the Sri Lankan media, Mathews wrote to the SLC administration that he is considering retirement from international cricket and that a final announcement could be well under way in the coming days.
Sources claim that the SLC on Wednesday offered contracts based on each tour.
The player, who initially refused to sign the contracts, finally did the necessary on Wednesday after being given a July 08 deadline.
“There will be no annual contracts because the immediate need was to sign players for the series against India,” he said.
The India-Sri Lanka series with limited overs starts from July 13 with the three-match ODI rubber in Colombo.