Angelo Mathews named as Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain

Angelo Mathews has been reappointed as the skipper for the Sri Lankan ODI team

Angelo Mathews has been reappointed as the skipper for the Sri Lankan ODI team

Allrounder Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka's limited-overs skipper six months after relinquishing the role across all three formats. "There were a few reasons I chose to take it back as the president's request was that it was a national call, and also considering the fact that we need stability running to the world cup in eighteen months' time".

When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again.

Mathews, who will take over the charge from Chandimal, said the elevation to the skipper's position is an honour for him.

Zimbabwe's victory in Sri Lanka past year was their first major overseas one-day series success since 2001.


Mathews led Sri Lanka in 98 ODIs from 2012 to 2017 during which time he won 47 matches, lost 45 and tied one game while five matches produced no results.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Wanidu Hasaranga. As well as Mathews and Chandimal, veteran spinner Rangana Herath deputised for Chandimal in several Tests.

The change came due to poor performance and whitewash losses under Tharanga's captaincy. In addition to Perera, Upul Tharanga has also captained the side over the previous year, but tasted very little success. The other captains did a good job, though we didn't get the results.

Stating that he is taking the job keeping in mind of the 2019 World Cup, Mathews went on to add, "We need a stability running into the World Cup". The decision to strike out in another direction - the next World Cup only 18 months out - was made in a meeting featuring SLC office bearers, the selectors, and Hathurusingha, a board release said.

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