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Angelo Mathews set to miss Bangladesh T20Is and IPL start

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Angelo Mathews set to miss Bangladesh T20Is and IPL start

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SportsCafe Desk

04/02/2017

Angelo Mathews is almost certain to miss the T2OIs against Bangladesh and the start of IPL 2017 after suffering from a calf strain while recovering from the hamstring injury that he suffered during the T20I series against South Africa. He joins a lengthy list of stars who are set to miss IPL-10.

Mathews was expected to recover from his previous injury before the Bangladesh T20Is but his return has been delayed, SLC cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha confirmed. “At this stage, I think I can say Angelo will not play the T20s," Gurusinha told ESPNCricinfo. "The only chance is the second one, but, to be honest, I doubt it. The IPL will be affected because he has to wait for the physio and the trainer to give him the green light. He has to be 100% fit. Angelo has to make that call with the physio because if he's not 100% fit, we will not let him go."

Mathews was signed by the Delhi Daredevils who kick off their campaign on April 8, but given that the all-rounder missed the Zimbabwe tour with a thigh injury last year, it’s understandable why SLC do not want to take any chances on his fitness, especially with the Champions Trophy kicks in England in June.

"Angie is unbelievably understanding, He wants to give everything for Sri Lankan cricket. He says: 'Aiya [brother], I want to be fit for the Champions Trophy', and he wants to be fit. He's disappointed," Gurusinha said.

R Ashwin, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Mitchell Marsh and Martin Guptill have all become unavailable for all or part of the IPL due to injuries.

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