Mathews was asked to step down as Sri Lanka’s limited-overs skipper following the team’s group-stage exit in the Asia Cup. The 31-year-old had said that he was being made the ‘scapegoat’ of Sri Lanka’s debacle in his resignation letter to the board.
Mathews was then dropped from the limited-overs squad for Sri Lanka’s upcoming series against England with Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal being reinstated as the ODI captain.
The official reasoning for dropping the former skipper was said to be ‘fitness’ related with Hathurusingha bringing up Mathews’ record of being involved in run-outs in public.
Sangakkara, on his part, has urged Hathurusingha and Mathews to patch up their differences at the earliest.
“I think this breakdown of communication needs to be sorted quickly,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“It needs to be sorted through direct, honest and clear conversations between captain, the management and the player concerned. They need to make sure, also, that the public has the right idea of why this decision has been taken, especially at an emotional time.
“What they have to be careful is that it’s not a knee-jerk reaction to the team’s performance at the Asia Cup, but it’s actually a worthwhile decision for the side. But I really think that with Hathurusingha’s strategy, Angelo will find himself back in the side very soon.”
Once an all-round force for his country, Mathews has been relegated to playing purely as a batsman in recent times after injuries and fitness-related concerns took a toll on his bowling. Sangakkara believes getting Mathews to bowl again is the key to Sri Lanka’s chances in next year’s ICC World Cup in England.
“Angelo’s performances in the past suggest that he’s a player of great value to the side. I think it’s very important to get Angelo bowling again,” the Sri Lankan batting great said.
“I think it does his confidence a lot of good. It does the Sri Lankan side a lot of good. And whoever is captain – whether it’s Angelo or Dinesh Chandimal – it gives them a lot of options to use a multi-skilled cricketer in different situations. All of that is going to be absolutely vital to their chances at the World Cup,” he added.
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Bangladesh have set India a target of 223 runs to win in the Asia Cup final at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.
India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss at Dubai and elected to bowl first. Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza sprung a surprise early on with all-rounder Mehidy Hasan coming out to open the innings with Liton Das. The pair have started in brisk fashion and have added 116 runs from the first twenty overs of the innings.
Das has raced away to a 33-ball half-century with the help of six boundaries and two sixes. The pair’s 120-run stand was eventually broken by Kedar Jadhav who dismissed Mehidy Hasan for 32. Imrul Kayes (2) then followed Hasan back to the pavilion after being trapped on the pads by Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mushfiqur Rahim (5) did not last long at the crease either and became Jadhav’s second victim after being caught by Jasprit Bumrah. The Tigers soon lost a fourth wicket in the form of Mohammad Mithun (2) who was run-out as they went from 120-0 to 139-4. Das then brought up his maiden ODI ton off just 87 deliveries. Mahmudullah (4) lasted only 16 balls before becoming Kuldeep Yadav’s first victim of the day. Das’ 121-run innings came to an end in the 41st over after he was stumped off the bowling of Kuldeep.
Mortaza (7) and Nazmul Hossain (7) were unable to create any significant impact either as the Tigers slid to 213-8. Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 222 runs in the penultimate over.
In their chase, Shikhar Dhawan (15) and Ambati Rayudu (29) were both dismissed with India on 46-2 in just seven overs. But captain Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik put on a 37-run stand for the fourth wicket before the skipper was dismissed for 48.
MS Dhoni then fell for 36, becoming India’s fifth wicket to fall with the Men In Green needing 60 runs in 12 overs.
But Karthik and MS Dhoni restored the innings with a vital unbeaten fifty-run stand to give them a fighting chance.
In what is their third Asia Cup final appearance in the last four editions, Bangladesh take on defending champions India for the crown of the continent’s best at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.
The Tigers booked their place in the summit clash with a thrilling 37-run win over pre-tournament favourites Pakistan in the Super Four stage. India, on the other hand, are the only unbeaten team in the competition but were held to a dramatic tie by Afghanistan in their final Super Four encounter.
Will Bangladesh get their hands on a maiden Asia Cup title or will six-time champions India add another title to their kitty? Do not miss any of the action from this mouthwatering tussle by following the ball-by-ball updates in the link below.
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8:30pm – England all-rounder Sam Curran awarded Test contract
The ECB have awarded Sam Curran a Test contract although there was no space for Keaton Jennings or any other opening batsman. Read more on that story here.
7:00pm – Bangladesh set India a target of 223 runs in Asia Cup final
Bangladesh’s innings in the Asia Cup final against India at Dubai has drawn to a close. The Tigers have been bowled out for 222 runs in 48-3 overs with Kuldeep Yadav picking up three scalps for India.
Liton Das was the star of Bangladesh’s innings with the opener slamming his maiden ODI ton.
Read more on Bangladesh’s innings in our live match report here.
5:00pm – Shakib Al Hasan undergoes surgery on injured finger
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has confirmed he underwent surgery on his injured finger after returning home early from the Asia Cup.
He missed the 37-run victory against Pakistan on Wednesday as well as Friday’s final against India after pain of his left little finger, which occurred during the Sri Lanka series, resurfaced.
Read more on this breaking story here.
3:00pm – India bowl first in Asia Cup final against Bangladesh
The final of the Asia Cup is upon us with Bangladesh and India set to tussle in a mouthwatering clash at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.
India skipper Rohit Sharma has won the toss and elected to bowl first. How many runs can the Tigers put up on the board in pursuit of their maiden Asia Cup crown?
Find out by following our live ball-by-ball updates here.
2:00pm – PCB refute former Pakistan fielding coach’s allegations
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has come out to refute allegations made by former fielding coach Steve Rixon.
In a recent interview with Fairfax Media, Rixon had criticised the PCB for a ‘lack of professionalism’ and delay in payments of his salary.
Read what the PCB had to say in its official press release here.
1:30pm – D’Arcy Short slams third highest List A score in history
D’Arcy Short wrote himself into the record books with a 148-ball 257 for Western Australia in their JLT One-Day Cup match against Queensland on Friday.
The left-handed opener struck a record 23 sixes in his innings to lead Western Australia to a 116-run win in Sydney.
Read more on Short’s incredible feat here.
1:00pm – Mohammad Abbas retained by Leicestershire for 2019 season
Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas will return as Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s overseas player in the 2019 season, the club announced on Friday.
The 28-year-old has had an impressive maiden stint in the County Championship Division Two this year with a total of 50 wickets at an outstanding average of 17.72.
Read more on this story here.
11:20am – Mohammad Amir dropped from Pakistan Test squad
Pacer Mohammad Amir was dropped as Pakistan announced its 17-man squad for the two-Test series against Australia to be held in the UAE.
Amir’s exclusion comes after the pacer was unable to pick a single wicket in the Asia Cup where Pakistan crashed out of the Super Four stage with defeat to Bangladesh.
Read more on this breaking story here.
11:00am – Why India should bat first against Bangladesh
It’s the final day in the Asia Cup with India set to take on Bangladesh for the crown of the continent’s best. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian side have won three matches in the tournament batting first but, for the final, they should look to bat first if they win the toss.
Ajit Vijaykumar explains why here.
10:00am – Sunil Gavaskar advises MS Dhoni to return to domestic cricket
Former India opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes MS Dhoni should return to domestic cricket to reinvigorate his career.
The star India wicketkeeper batsman has been off colour with the bat of late with just 189 runs in nine ODI innings so far in 2018.
Read what Gavaskar had to say on Dhoni here.