Former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has informed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that he is contemplating retiring from international cricket. The all-rounder has asked the board for some time as he needs it to make a decision about his future. Mathews recently refused to sign SLC's annual player contract, claiming that the new pints system used to grade players lacked transparency.
The all-rounder was also not considered for Sri Lanka's recent limited-overs assignments as the selection committee led by World Cup winner Pramodya Wickramasinghe decided to adopt a 'youth policy' as part of the rebuilding phase ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Sri Lanka suffered a 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series loss at the hands of Bangladesh after which they were blanked 3-0 in the ODI and the T20 International (T20I) series against the Kusal Perera-led side.
Along with Mathews, senior players like Dinesh Chandimal and also Dimuth Karunaratne have also been ousted following the differences between them and the cricket board. The 34-year-old took paternity leave and backed out of the tur of England and has made himself available for India's visit as well he and his wife are expecting their third child.
Mathews who made his debut in 2008 has played 90 Tests, 218 ODIs and 78 T20Is so far. Although his bowling had taken a hit lately, he was slowly getting back into bowling a few medium pacers, which further added to Sri Lanka's depth.
Mathews has scored over 13,000 runs for Sri Lanka and has picked up close to 200 wickets for them across formats. His last appearance for his national side came in a Test against Bangladesh in Pallekele.