According to various reports, Angelo Mathews is set to take over Sri Lanka's ODI and T20I captaincy from Thisara Perera. However, the decision to reinstate him has the backing of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala.
Dinesh Chandimal, who remains the Test match captain, returns to the ODI squad after being dropped for the three-match series in India last month. "But as soon as we came back from India, the president had a discussion with me".
"I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I made a decision to accept it". "The selectors spoke to him on Monday after training and he will be announced as the new captain Tuesday morning", a senior board official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. He's not here just to survive. "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 told journalist moments after being appointed as captain. It'll be very easy to work with him. "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". In addition to Perera, Upul Tharanga has also captained the side over the a year ago, but tasted very little success.
"When we took over two years ago, SLC was indebted for a sum of Rs. 5 billion and we were in a quandary as to how we are going to turn around SLC, now, after two years, I am happy to say we are making profits". The other captains did a good job, though we didn't get the results.
Mathews's first assignment will be the triangular ODI series in Bangladesh, with Zimbabwe as the third team.