Angelo Mathews return as ODI and T20 skipper

Angelo Mathews is expected to lead Sri Lanka until 2019 World Cup

The 30-year-old stepped down as captain last year after Sri Lanka's shock home defeat to Zimbabwe, which he described as "one of the lowest points" of his career.

Mathews will work under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha who took over in December after resigning as Bangladesh coach.

That Mathews and Chandimal are even being considered makes plain the dearth of limited overs leadership for Sri Lanka.

Mathews agreed to return as captain following a request from Thilanga Sumathipala, the SLC president, the Sri Lankan board said in a statement. "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, " cricinfo quoted him saying. He is not here to survive. "I invited Angelo to reconsider and accept the captaincy once again, further to the lengthy discussions I had with the head coach, selectors and the management of the SLC", added Sumathipala. "We have worked a lot together with the "A" team and then with the senior team", Mathews went on to say.


Since Mathews relinquished captaincy duties, Sri Lanka unveiled Dinesh Chandimal as Test skipper.

Announcing the decision, Chairman of Selectors Graeme Labrooy said, "He is going to be our long-term captain".

"My reason for backing Angelo was that I needed the best person to lead the side. Ideally, we want him beyond 2019". "We wanted someone who was sure of his place in the side to lead the team", Hathurusingha commented.

Tuesday - Sri Lanka Cricket said Tuesday the sport's global governing body had found no evidence of wrongdoing following allegations of match-fixing and other forms of corruption. That included three 5-0 whitewashes at the hands of South Africa, India and Pakistan.

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