Feel Betrayed if Blame is Solely Put on Me - Upset Mathews Hits Back After Losing ODI Captaincy to Chandimal

Angelo Mathews has been eliminated as captain of the Sri Lanka cricket staff after their shock exit from the Asia Cup 2018, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stated on Sunday.Dinesh Chandimal, who’s the facet’s Take a look at captain, has been named as his substitute and can lead the facet within the collection in opposition to England.

”The nationwide selectors on Sunday, determined to nominate Dinesh Chandimal because the ODI captain to guide the staff within the upcoming England collection. Accordingly, they’ve requested Angelo Mathews to relinquish his duties because the Nationwide ODI & T20I captain, with fast impact,” a launch from SLC stated.

Mathews has come underneath heavy criticism for his management on the Asia Cup, the place Sri Lanka misplaced to Afghanistan and Bangladesh to seal an exit within the group phases itself.

In a letter dated September 23, Mathews wrote: “I’m prepared to participate of the blame however on the identical time, really feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely placed on me. As you understand all selections are taken robust the a mutual understanding with Selectors and the Head Coach. And although I don’t agree with the reasoning that the losses ought to be carried single-handedly to the Captaincy, I nonetheless eagerly and wholeheartedly respect the request of the choice committee and the pinnacle coach asking me to step down and accomplish that with fast impact.

“I want to put it on document that although Sri Lanka had suffered these heavy defeats within the Asia Cup, which is surprising to say the least, particularly within the backdrop the place we had an inexpensive collection in opposition to South Africa, I had no intention of quitting and operating away from the problems at hand particularly owing to the World Cup being a dozen video games away.”

The appointment of Chandimal continues the SLC’s rotational coverage of appointing captains, one thing that has been an issue during the last 18 months.

In that point interval, Sri Lanka have been led by Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedara and Thisara Perera within the limited-overs format.

Mathews was Sri Lanka’s ODI captain from 2013 to the center of 2017, however had give up the submit final yr after a collection defeat to Zimbabwe at dwelling.

His stepping down made no distinction because the staff continued to fare poorly and Mathews needed to be introduced again as captain after Chandika Hathurusingha grew to become the staff’s coach.

Sri Lanka have misplaced 30 out of 47 ODI matches they’ve performed since 2017. The board will hope the appointment of Chandimal as captain results in a change in fortunes.

First Printed: September 24, 2018, 10:52 AM IST


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