South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal declare themselves fit

Colombo: Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews and his deputy Dinesh Chandimal have declared themselves fit for the upcoming tour to South Africa that begins in mid-December. The duo made the announcement during Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Dialog Cricketer of the Year award ceremony held in Colombo on Wednesday night, reports ESPNcricinfo. Rangana Herath and Upul Tharanga had to lead the Tests and ODI sides respectively on the recent tour of Zimbabwe in absence of Mathews and Chandimal. The Lankan skipper was recovering from multiple leg injuries including a torn calf, while his deputy had undergone surgery on his right hand after suffering “multiple dislocations around the thumb area.” Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three-match Test series, three T20Is and five ODIs beginning at St. George’s Oval on December 26.

Earlier on Wednesday, in an star studded ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s Test and One-Day International (ODI) captain Angelo Mathews was honored by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board with the Cricketer of the Year 2015 award. Mathews has been missing in action from international cricket due to multiple injuries on the leg. Mathews last played for Sri Lanka when the Emerald nation visited England few months back. Along with this Mathews was also the recipient of  Test all-rounder of the year award at the Sri Lanka Cricket Award 2016. Mathews deputy Dinesh Chandimal was awarded by the jury as Test batsmen of Year. Chandimal was the main stay of their batting in England Test series.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka batsman and current vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal has undergone surgery after being struck on the hand during a domestic game sometime last week. Chandimal was hit on his right thumb and Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) want him to undergo a few more tests before they take a call on his international availability for the tours ahead
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