West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Angleo Mathews named stand-in captain after Shanaka left stranded by visa issue

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Sri Lanka tour of West Indies: As Dasun Shanaka did not travel with the rest of the team due to delay in securing a US transit visa, Angelo Matthews will lead Sri Lanka in the 3-match series, starting March 3.

 Angelo Mathews named stand-in captain for T20I series (AFP Photo)

West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews named stand-in captain for T20I series (AFP Photo)

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Angelo Mathews named stand-in captain for 3-match T20I series in AntiguaRegular skipper Dasun Shanaka was not able to join team in West Indies due to visa issueShanaka faces delay in securing US transit visa, to join team after sorting issue

Former captain Angelo Mathews will be leading Sri Lanka in the upcoming 3-match T20I series in West Indies as captain Dasun Shanaka has not been able to join the rest of the team in West Indies due to visa issues.

Dasun Shanaka was named the captain of the Sri Lanka T20I team but he did not board the flight with his Sri Lanka teammates on Monday after his inability to arrange for a transit visa to the United States, Sri Lanka Cricket has said.

Angelo Matthews will lead Sri Lanka at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua which will host all 3 T20Is from March 3 to 7. Sri Lanka will play 3 ODIs as well as 2 Tests during their long tour of the West Indies.

"Mathews was appointed by the national selectors as Dasun Shanaka, who was appointed as the T20 captain for the tour of West Indies, is yet to join the team owing to a delay in obtaining a U.S. transit visa," the Sri Lanka Cricket said.

"Shanaka confronted this issue pursuant to the loss of his previous passport, which had a valid visa for the USA stamped on it.

"He is expected to join the team once the issue is resolved."

All the matches will be held behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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