In the aftermath of events occurred in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 in UAE, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to sack their limited overs captain from his role with immediate effect. Accordingly, they have made a ‘media release’ and asked Angelo Mathews to step down from ODI and T20I captaincy role.
Mathews himself resigned as Sri Lanka captain from all the formats following their defeat to Zimbabwe in July last year. Sri Lanka since then have tried a number of limited overs captains but they had not much success. Hathurusingha just after becoming Sri Lanka’s head coach requested Mathews to take up the mantle once again. And after 10 months, Mathews is now asked to resign again from his post!
Dinesh Chandimal who is currently leading Sri Lanka in the Test format has been appointed as the ODI captain for the upcoming home series against England. At this juncture, it is not yet made public by SLC who their T20I captain going to be!
“The National Selectors on Sunday (23rd September, 2018) decided to appoint Dinesh Chandimal as the ODI captain to lead the team in the upcoming England series. Accordingly, they have requested Angelo Mathews to relinquish his duties as the National ODI & T20I captain, with immediate effect,” said Sri Lanka Cricket in their media release.
Meanwhile, the decision to sack him as limited overs captain did not go well with the player! In his long reply to SLC, Mathews explained everything what he feels and expressed that he was made a ‘scapegoat’ for Sri Lanka’s failures in Asia Cup. Read herefull text of his resignation letter to the CEO of the Sri Lanka Cricket.
“Though I was initially surprised, it was immediately felt that I have been made the scapegoat in this entire sagaof Sri Lanka’s dismal performances against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. I’m willing to take part of the blame but at the same time, feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely put on me,” Mathews in his letter to CEO of their cricket board.
In his letter, he also said that he doesn’t want to be a burden to the Sri Lankan team – The words of a completely frustrated player!
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