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 previous year.
When Mathews stepped down as captain from all formats of the game in July a year ago, he had said that he wanted to give the new captain enough time to rebuild the side for the 2019 World Cup.
Perera took on the job in late November, succeeding Upul Tharanga, who was sacked after a series of losses. "I invited Angelo to reconsider and accept the captaincy once again, further to the lengthy discussions I had with the head coach, selectors and the management of the SLC", added Sumathipala. 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. He's not here just to survive. "If I turn my back in the hour of need I'll not have done right by cricket".
Angelo Mathews has been reappointed as the skipper for the Sri Lankan ODI team. It is very easy to work with him as he has his goals. When you have a coach like him that other countries are desperate to have, it's a great thing.More news: Sensex, Nifty set fresh records; banks, refiners lead gains
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"My reason for backing Angelo was that I needed the best person to lead the side".
Mathews' first assignment will be the upcoming ODI tri-series in Bangladesh, which will also feature Zimbabwe and get underway on January 15. "Ideally, we want him beyond 2019".
Dinesh Chandimal, who retained the Test captaincy, returned to the ODI team along with wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis and all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga. The lone new face is Shehan Madhushanka, the 22-year-old paceman, who has only played three first-class games and as many List A matches. "We've chosen Madushanka as a player we might use in the long-term".