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Randiv replaces Mathews

Apr 1, 2011 8:17:32 AM - itnnews.lk

Sri Lanka have replaced injured all rounder Angelo Mathews with off spinner Suraj Randiv from their 15-member squad.

Mathews had left the field during the semi-final against New Zealand with a quadriceps muscle injury when Sri Lanka were fielding. He was visibly hampered for movement when he later came out to bat with a runner..

With Mathews not recovering soon enough, Sri Lanka had sought approval from the ICC’s Technical Committee for swapping him with Randiv, and they were given the go-ahead today, less the 24 hours before the final.

Randiv was a regular member of Sri Lanka’s limited-overs’ side last year. He initially missed out on a World Cup spot to Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis, who were picked ahead of him as the spinners to support Muralitharan.