After the shock series defeat to 11th ranked Zimbabwe, All-rounder Angelo Mathews stepped from his role as captain in all formats of the game. He made his decision after a discussion with the selectors on June 11.
With the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and T M Dilshan, Mathews was forced to take over a side under transition in 2013. Angelo and the selectors had a tough time finding the right combination for all formats of the game.
Mathews’ was often criticized for his defensive tactics but horrible fielding and inconsistency in the bowling department led Sri Lanka down every single time. Mathews’ went through a phase where no other captain would have come across in the past 18 month period.
The 30 year old was the first Sri Lankan captain to defeat England in England and whitewash Australia in Test Cricket.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka cricket appointed Dinesh Chandimal as the new Test captain. Upul Tharanga will take over as the skipper of ODI and Twenty20 side.
“Yes, there have been significant poor performances, and I’m humble enough to accept it. In the past also there were instances where I wanted to step down but I didn’t want to let the team down at that time, mainly because there were no replacements. The team’s interests supersede the individuals. Now there are candidates to take over, and I’m sure they will be more successful than me. I also wanted to give my successor time to build a team for the 2019 World Cup,” said Angelo Mathews in today’s press conference.
Squad for Zimbabwe Test
Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.
Sri Lanka will take on Zimbabwe in the only Test on the 14th of July 2017 at the R Premadasa Stadium.
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