Former captain Angelo Mathews, who stepped down after Sri Lanka's disastrous ODI defeat against Zimbabwe, was reappointed as ODI and Twenty20 captain at a special media conference held at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) headquarters in Colombo, a short while ago today (9).
Mathews graduated to global cricket in 2009 after some impressive performances with Sri Lanka "A" team where Hathurusingha was the coach.
That Mathews and Chandimal are even being considered makes plain the dearth of limited overs leadership for Sri Lanka.
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Mathews admitted that the decision to hire Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach played a large role in his decision to return as captain. "There were a few reasons I made a decision 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". "If I turn my back in the hour of need I'll not have done right by cricket". The 30-year-old is Sri Lanka's senior-most player at the moment. He is not here to survive.
"I've also known Hathu aiya for a long time and I know how he operates". It is very easy to work with him as he has his goals. Dinesh Chandimal will take over the reins of the Test team after that while Mathews will be Sri Lanka's white ball captain. "When we go to the next World Cup, we'll need about seven or eight fast bowlers who have played at least 15 ODIs each. Ideally, we want him beyond 2019".
"My thought was that he's the best person to lead the ODI team because he warrants a place on his own performance", Hathurusingha said.
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Mathews's first assignment will be when he leads the Lankan side in the Tri-series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka's sports law of 1973, though, does not permit the coach to be a national selector. That included three 5-0 whitewashes at the hands of South Africa, India and Pakistan.
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