Colombo: Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 series against Bangladesh and is likely to miss the start of IPL.
Mathews -- who returned home in January halfway through the tour of South Africa after twisting his ankle -- also missed Sri Lanka's Test and ODI matches against the visitors.
Sri Lanka's cricket board said in a statement Monday that Upul Tharanga would captain the side during the two-match T20 series this week, without revealing why Mathews was sidelined.
The board had expressed hope that the skipper would feature in the shorter formats of the game after he was held back from the two-Test series.
The news comes as a big blow to IPL and Delhi Daredevils. South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has already been ruled out of the cash rich league, while JP Duminy has pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.