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India tough place to play: Mathews

BCCI convinced Sri Lanka Cricket to send their team for the series after West Indies players pulled out of their tour mid-way. ‘It’s not that we are reluctant to play a series. It is however not the ideal preparation for a tour like India. We know India is a tough place to play cricket and you need your preparation on a high to play the series in India. In the past one-and-half months we were focusing on our fitness a lot and suddenly this tour came up, so we had to take it,’ Mathews said ahead of their tour opener against India A starting Thursday.

‘After the Pakistan series we had a couple of months off. We had about 10 days’ complete rest and then started our physical fitness because we had been playing right through. We were planning on hitting our peak levels during the English tour but this was a sudden shift. And as players, you need to take those in a positive way. These things happen and as players, you need to adapt to those situations and get the maximum out of it,’ he added.
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