Angelo Mathews claims Lanka unprepared for India tour


Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has said that his team did not have an ideal preparation for the upcoming tour of India as they were concentrating on fitness and not skills during break from international cricket.

After their series against Pakistan in August, the Lankan players were having a long break and had just started fitness training sessions ahead of their home series against England, scheduled to be played late next month. But they were told by their Board to get ready for the five-ODI series tour of India, beginning November 2.

Mathews said that there has been sufficient preparation for the November 2-16 ODI series against India which was hurriedly arranged after the West Indies team decided to abandon their tour midway over players' pay dispute with their Board (WICB).

"The preparation for the series is not that great, we only had a few practice sessions especially with the weather interrupting. It is not the ideal preparation for an Indian tour but we will do our best to prepare ourselves and take it as it comes," he said.

"We were preparing for the England series because we knew that there were not any tours coming before that. We were focussed a lot on fitness and we just started batting three days ago. We only had a few skill-training sessions. We needed to reach our peak levels during England series but now that we've been thrown into a challenge, we will try our best to be prepared as much as we can," Mathew was quoted as saying by 'The Nation' newspaper.