Angelo Mathews | Angelo Mathews withdraws from India Series Sri Lanka cricketers sign contracts Before the series against India, Sri Lankan players took a big step, the star all-rounder was sidelined

Angelo Mathews | Angelo Mathews withdraws from India Series Sri Lanka cricketers sign contracts Before the series against India, Sri Lankan players took a big step, the star all-rounder was sidelined

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  • Sri Lankan cricketers signed the contract
  • Angelo Mathews pulls out of series against India
  • India-Sri Lanka series will start from July 13

Colombo: Senior all-rounder Angelo Mathews withdrew from the upcoming limited-overs series against India due to personal reasons, while Sri Lanka Cricket said 29 of the 30 players selected have signed contracts. The development comes ahead of the limited overs series against India starting on July 13. Mathews, thirty-four, was not in the Sri Lankan team that returned from the tour of England. He last played a Test series against Bangladesh in April.

’29 players signed the deal’

“Sri Lanka Cricket announces that 29 of the 30 players selected for the limited overs series against India have signed tour contracts,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. “Angelo Mathews, selected in the 30-man squad, has sought permission to be out of the series due to personal reasons,” it said. The senior-most among the current players, Mathews and Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne have been left out of the national contract, sources said. Mathew has written to the Sri Lankan cricket administration that he is contemplating retirement. He can announce his retirement in the next few days.

‘Decision to award contract on tour basis’

The source said Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to award contracts on a per-tour basis. There will be no annual agreements as the immediate need is to sign players for the series against India. The players have been given a deadline till July 8. Players who previously refused to sign it have also signed now. On the basis of performance, 24 top players have been given contracts in four categories. Six players have got category A contracts, whose annual salary will be between 70,000 and one lakh dollars. The Sri Lankan team went on a tour of England without signing a national contract.

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