Sri Lanka’s all-rounder Angelo Matthews has been reappointed as national side’s one-day captain after he relinquished the post six months back due to persistent injuries that kept him out of the team. It is believed that Matthews will continue his second term till the 2019 World Cup that will be played in England in June.
Another experienced player Dinesh Chandimal also makes his comeback into the one-day side. The reappointment of Angelo Matthews as captain also signals the lack of big players in the Sri Lankan setup at the moment. New Coach Chandika Hathurusingha also has come and taken over the role in December and would be keen to make a nice start with Mathews as captain of the side.
Matthews has clearly spoken that Hathurusingha was a key influence into accepting the job for the second time. He said that he never thought of resuming the post of the captaincy after resigning from it earlier this year.
Angelo Matthews appreciated the method and techniques that Hathurusingha will bring to the table for Sri Lanka. He said it will be an uphill task but will relish the opportunity to turn things around for Sri Lanka. The main concern for Matthews is to remain fit and play in all the future games for his side. He has missed a lot of games across three formats over the past one year. He was plagued by hamstring injuries that kept him out of the game for the most part of 2017.
Hathurusingha said that selectors and management decided that Matthew was top choice to lead Sri Lanka in such circumstances. He further said that Matthews has been a premier performer for Sri Lanka over the last decade and is a regular fixture across all three formats. Angelo Matthews will be determined to turn things around for Sri Lanka who have endured their worst period in all three formats.