According to reports, Angelo Mathews is contemplating retirement from international cricket. The veteran Sri Lankan cricketer last represented Sri Lanka in a Test match against Bangladesh in April and has been overlooked from national selection, since. As per the recent reports, Mathews is now planning to consider international retirement.
Currently, he is discussing the matter and will inform his decision to Sri Lanka cricket in a few weeks. After a change in policy, Mathews hasn’t been considered for Sri Lanka’s limited over’s series in recent times. He wasn’t a part of Sri Lanka’s squad in the recently concluded series against England. Later, reports suggested that he has taken a paternal leave. Mathews is likely to be missed out on the squad for the upcoming series against India.
Sri Lanka players and the board are currently engaged in a tussle over the recent central contract that is being offered by the board. Angelo Mathews and other senior members have denied signing the contract. The other members haven’t been in favour of the newly placed central contract. According to the contract, it rewards players based on their on-field performance and fitness standards.
Subsequently, Mathews will not be available for selection for the upcoming series against India. Five Sri Lankan players have already been ruled out of the upcoming India series as they refused to sign a tour-based contract, these include Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara, and Kasun Rajitha.
Sri Lankan cricket is currently enduring the toughest phase in the last decade and so. With Angelo Mathews planning to retire from international cricket, things seem to be in turmoil at the moment.
In his international cricket career, Angelo Mathews has played 90 Tests and 218 ODIs, scoring 6236 and 5835 runs respectively. In 78 T20s, he has amassed 1148 runs at an average of 25.5. Angelo Mathews has also represented in 49 IPL games, scoring 724 runs at 23.4.