Former Sri Lanka seam bowler Farveez Mahroof laments the lack of experience in the national team ahead of the limited innings against India. India and Sri Lanka will close horns in three ODIs and as many T20Is in Colombo from 13 July. Farveez Mahroof emphasized that Angelo Mathews would have been invaluable in particular.
Angelo Mathews made his international debut in 2008 and emerged as the next big thing in Sri Lanka cricket. Angelo Mathews fulfilled the responsibilities of a versatile seam bowler very well; however, the veteran has sustained several injuries over the past few years. Mathews, 34, also considered retiring over the treatment SLC granted him regarding the contracts.
Farveez Mahroof claims that Sri Lanka will indeed need Angelo Mathews’ experience against India. Although the 36-year-old admits that the selectors tend to give the youngsters more opportunities, the senior players have the chance to make the group against India. According to Mahroof, the scenario remains largely uncertain due to contractual issues.
“His experience will definitely be missed, especially not against India. At home we need the experience in the middle, but this new selection committee has made it clear that they want to give more young people a chance. But there is a chance that some of the senior players for the Indian series will be called up. The group has not yet been nominated for the tour, so we do not know things will work out, as there was a contractual issue earlier. ” Mahroof told ANI.
When India Comes to Sri Lanka, It’s a Massive Series: Farveez Mahroof
Farveez Mahroof further claimed that when India visit Sri Lanka, it is a massive series and believes that Sri Lanka’s batting unit is of concern. The former Colombo-born cricketer stressed that batting has let them down significantly over the past few months. He further said that this is why tourists will start as favorites; however, hope for the home team to fight and fight.
‘Every time India comes to Sri Lanka, it is a massive series. It was a disappointing last series for Sri Lanka as they lost five matches in England. The performance has not been so great in terms of batting, bowling, yes, there are some positive aspects. But batting was a short time for Sri Lanka. Over the past few months, batting has let us down. “In the series, India will definitely start as favorites and Sri Lanka will be underdog, so hopefully, or boys will pull up their socks and wage a fight,” he added.