Sri Lanka’s former captain Angelo Mathews will be the team’s stand-in captain for the 3 matches T20I series in the West Indies after Dasun Shanaka was a stranded visa issue’s cricket board said.
Shanaka was named Sri Lanka’s new T20I captain last week, but the 29-year-old could not board the flight departing with his team-mates on Monday after failing to arrange a new transit visa to the United States.
“Mathews was appointed by the national selectors as Dasun Shanaka, who was appointed as the T20I captain for the tour of the West Indies, still needs to join the team due to a delay in obtaining an American transit visa,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.
“Shanaka confronted this issue because of the loss of his previous passport, which had a valid visa stamped for the U.S.”
“He is expected to join the team as soon as the problem is resolved.”
Sri Lanka will play 3 T20I matches, 3 ODIs, plus 2 Tests, all behind closed doors in Antigua.