Angelo Mathews has mentioned that he feels “betrayed and let down” after he was changed as Sri Lanka’s ODI captain by Dinesh Chandimal. In an emotional letter after studying of his sacking, Mathews additionally mentioned that he would contemplate retiring from the ODI and T20 codecs as he wouldn’t wish to be a “burden to the crew.” Mathews had come below heavy criticism for his management on the Asia Cup, the place Sri Lanka misplaced to Afghanistan and Bangladesh and exited within the group phases itself.“I’m keen to participate of the blame however on the identical time, really feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely placed on me,” Mathews wrote. “As you understand all selections are taken by 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 top coach asking me to step down and achieve this with quick impact.
“I want to put it on report 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 Sri Lanka cricket’s rotation door of appointing captains, one thing that has been an issue during the last 18 months. On this time interval, Sri Lanka have been led by Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedara and Thisara Perera within the limited-overs codecs.
Mathews was Sri Lanka’s ODI captain from 2013 to the center of 2017, however had stop the publish final 12 months after a collection defeat to Zimbabwe at residence.
“Throughout this tenure, below my captaincy, collection wins had been recorded in opposition to England, we whitewashed Australia 3-Zero and successful the Asia Cup in 2014 had been some memorable events,” he added. “Nonetheless, within the crew’s finest curiosity having felt that the time had come for brand new management I voluntarily resigned as Captain from all codecs of the sport in July 2017.
“Thereafter, pursuant to Sri Lanka struggling heavy defeats in all codecs and having a number of appointed Captains, particularly Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Chamara Kapugedara, Lasith Malinga and Dinesh Chandimal throughout the tenure between July 2017 and December 2017 within the ODI and T20 codecs, Mr Chandika Hathurusingha instantly having been appointed as Head coach met with me in individual, requested me to rethink taking on the Captaincy till the World Cup in 2019.
“Although myself, my household and shut associates discouraged me in taking on the mantle, being assured in Hathurusinghe and his plans to raise the performances of the Sri Lankan crew and in one of the best curiosity of my nation I agreed to take action till the World Cup.”
His stepping down made no distinction because the crew continued to fare poorly and Mathews needed to be introduced again as captain after Chandika Hathurusingha turned the crew’s coach.
“I additionally imagine that if the selectors and coach are of the view that I’m unfit to play ODI and T20 cricket and thus not entitled for my place within the crew, I might additionally contemplate retiring from the ODI and T20 codecs as I by no means wish to be a burden to the crew,” Mathews wrote.
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, 4:00 PM IST