SRI LANKA’S NEWEST CAPTAIN
‘This is an hour of want and if I do not take it up now, I can really feel unhealthy in a couple of months time’ © Getty
All-rounder Angelo Mathews, who was once introduced as Sri Lanka’s ODI captain till the 2019 World Cup on Tuesday says that he agreed to take up the position at the insistence of his mentor Chandika Hathurusingha.
When Mathews stepped down as captain from all codecs of the sport in July ultimate yr, he had stated that he sought after to give the brand new captain sufficient time to rebuild the aspect for the 2019 World Cup. However, after a string of deficient performances and having 4 other captains over the 5-month duration, the captaincy of Sri Lanka’s ODI and T20 outfit has comeback to Mathews.
“When I stepped down, I thought that I will never take it up again. SLC President, Head Coach and the selectors wanted me to reconsider my decision. I thought about it and there are few reasons for me to take it again. We need to have stability leading up to the 2019 World Cup which is less than 18 months away. This is an hour of need and if I don’t take it up now, I will feel bad in a few months time,” Mathews advised journalist moments after being appointed as captain.
Mathews graduated to global cricket in 2009 after some spectacular performances with Sri Lanka ‘A’ group the place Hathurusingha was once the trainer. The 30-year-outdated is Sri Lanka’s senior-maximum participant in this day and age.
“I have known Hathu [Hathurasingha] for a long time. I know how he operates. He is not here to survive. It is very easy to work with him as he has his goals. He played a major part in me making this decision to take up the captaincy again. He is going to be an important part in the run-up to the World Cup campaign. The other countries are dying to take him as he is the best in the business. We have worked a lot together with the ‘A’ team and then with the senior team,” Mathews went on to say.
Mathews’ first project shall be Sri Lanka’s excursion of Bangladesh the place they’ll play a tri-country event additionally involving Zimbabwe. Dinesh Chandimal will take over the reins of the Test group after that whilst Mathews shall be Sri Lanka’s white ball captain.
“I will work for the interest of the team. Some may like it some may not like it,” Mathews additional stated.
Announcing the verdict, Chairman of Selectors Graeme Labrooy stated, “He is going to be our long-term captain. Ideally, we want him beyond 2019.”
“My reason for backing Angelo was that I needed the best person to lead the side. We wanted someone who was sure of his place in the side to lead the team,” Hathurusingha commented.
Sri Lanka had a difficult yr in restricted overs cricket in 2017 shedding 23 in their 29 suits performed that yr. That integrated 3 five-zero whitewashes by the hands of South Africa, India and Pakistan.