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Mathews Joins Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad
- Updated: October 25, 2023
Angelo Mathews Replaces Injured Matheesha Pathirana in Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has seen a significant change in the Sri Lanka squad, with Angelo Mathews stepping in as a replacement for the injured Matheesha Pathirana. Mathews, a veteran of 221 ODIs, was named as the replacement after Pathirana failed to recover from a shoulder injury sustained during a warm-up match, ultimately ruling him out of the tournament. The replacement of a player in the squad requires approval from the Event Technical Committee.
The Event Technical Committee for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 includes notable figures such as Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket and ETC Chair; Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events; Hemang Amin, Acting CEO of BCCI; Gaurav Saxena, General Manager – Operations, BCCI; and Independent Representatives Russel Arnold and Simon Doull.
In their previous match against the Netherlands, Sri Lanka faced an early challenge when the Dutch side opted to bat first and set a target of 262 runs in 49.4 overs. At one point, the Netherlands was struggling at 91/6, but Sybrand (70 runs in 82 balls) and Logan (59 runs in 75 balls) played crucial innings to help their team recover and post a competitive score. The Sri Lankan bowlers Dilshan Madhushanka (4/49) and Kasun Rajitha (4/50) were the standouts of the match.
In the chase of 263, Sri Lanka faced some hurdles, but strong performances from Sadeera Samarawickrama (91* runs in 107 balls), Pathum Nissanka (54 runs in 52 balls), and Charith Asalanka (44 runs in 66 balls) guided Sri Lanka to victory. Aryan Dutt was the top bowler for the Netherlands with figures of 3/44.
This victory marked Sri Lanka’s first win in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, placing them in the ninth spot with two points in the tournament. The Sri Lankan team, led by Kusal Mendis, is now gearing up for their upcoming match against England, which will take place at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The inclusion of Angelo Mathews in the squad brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Sri Lankan side. As a seasoned ODI player, Mathews has been a prominent figure in Sri Lankan cricket and has consistently delivered impressive performances. His addition to the squad aims to strengthen the team’s prospects as they continue their campaign in the tournament.
This change highlights the dynamic nature of cricket tournaments, where unforeseen injuries and developments can lead to last-minute alterations in team compositions. The Sri Lankan squad will be looking to make the most of Mathews’ experience as they compete in one of the world’s most prestigious cricketing events, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
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By- Sahiba Suri