Angelo Mathews has returned as Sri Lanka's white-ball captain, months after quitting as the national skipper across formats during the One-Day International home series loss to Zimbabwe in July a year ago.
Mathews agreed to return as captain following a request from Thilanga Sumathipala, the SLC president, the Sri Lankan board said in a statement. "But as soon as we came back from India, the president had a discussion with me". Dinesh Chandimal will take over the reins of the Test team after that while Mathews will be Sri Lanka's white ball captain. I thought about it and there are few reasons for me to take it again.
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That Mathews and Chandimal are even being considered makes plain the dearth of limited overs leadership for Sri Lanka. He's not here just to survive. It is very easy to work with him as he has his goals. Cricket has given me a lot.
Stating that he is taking the job keeping in mind of the 2019 World Cup, Mathews went on to add, "We need a stability running into the World Cup. 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. We've had a few captains over the last few months because of injuries.
Mr. Sumathipala said, when he entered the fray, ICC has only allocated US$ 80 million for the members during its paying cycle, but with the efforts he made to strengthen the relationship with other members yielded a collaborative effort to increase it to US$ 120 million, thus raising the SLCs revenue drastically. The final decision is set to be announced on January 9 - before the team departs for the ODI tri-series in Bangladesh. He is going to be an important part in the run-up to the World Cup campaign.