Sri Lanka’s talismanic all rounder Angelo Mathews’ hamstring injury has ruled him out of the upcoming T20 series in Australia, the country’s cricket board has confirmed.
A stand in captain will be named on Tuesday when the selectors get together to pick the squad.
Mathews has been out of cricket since he sustained the injury during the second T20 against South Africa a few days back. Dinesh Chandimal captained the side in the final T20, while Upul Tharanga led theoutfit in the ODI series that followed.
However, the selectors face a dilemma as neither of the two players necessarily make the T20 XI on present form.
While Chandimal made scores of 6 not out, 22 and 5 in the three T20s against South Africa, Tharanga only played the last of those matches, amassing just 20 off 11 balls.
"The selection meeting on Tuesday will decide the squad and the captain who will lead in the three matches," a board statement said. "The team will arrive in Canberra on Monday the 13th."