Colombo: Sri Lanka’s sacked skipper Angelo Mathews was dropped Wednesday from the ODI and T20 squads towards England after he accused the board of creating him a scapegoat for the crew’s Asia Cup debacle.The 31-year-old all-rounder was not included within the 15-man squad for the 5 one-day internationals and the one-off T20 towards England starting on October 10.
Cricket officers mentioned health issues pressured them to drop Mathews. Nonetheless, he was retained within the Take a look at squad, officers mentioned.
“I’ve been made the scapegoat on this complete saga of Sri Lanka’s dismal efficiency towards Bangladesh and Afghanistan within the Asia Cup,” Mathews mentioned in a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket after he was sacked earlier this week as ODI and T20 captain.
“I’m keen to participate of the blame however on the similar time, really feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely placed on me,” Mathews wrote.
“As you understand all selections are taken via the 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 nevertheless eagerly and wholeheartedly respect the request of the choice committee and the pinnacle coach asking me to step down and achieve this 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 affordable collection towards South Africa, I had no intention of quitting and working away from the problems at hand particularly owing to the World Cup being a dozen video games away.”
The board mentioned it requested Mathews to step down and permit Dinesh Chandimal to guide Sri Lanka towards England in all three codecs of the sport.
The sacking adopted Sri Lanka’s drubbing within the Asia Cup, with losses to lower-ranked Afghanistan and Bangladesh guaranteeing its fast exit from the competitors.
Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dikwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha and Kusal Perera.
First Printed: September 26, 2018, 5:50 PM IST