Sri Lanka Cricket Appoints Dinesh Chandimal As New Limited-Over Captain

| September 24 , 2018 , 13:36 IST

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Sunday announced Dinesh Chandimal as the new captain of national team sacking Angelo Mathews after shocking exit from the Asia Cup 2018.

It is learnt that Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side in the series against England.

Speaking to media, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said, "The national selectors on Sunday, 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".

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According to media reports, Mathews wrote a letter to the board, "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. As you know all decisions are taken tough a mutual understanding with Selectors and the Head Coach. And though I do not agree with the reasoning that the losses should be carried single-handedly to the Captaincy, I however eagerly and wholeheartedly respect the request of the selection committee and the head coach asking me to step down and do so with immediate effect".

"I wish to put it on record that though Sri Lanka had suffered these heavy defeats in the Asia Cup, which is shocking, to say the least, especially in the backdrop where we had a reasonable series against South Africa, I had no intention of quitting and running away from the issues at hand especially owing to the World Cup being a dozen games away," Mathews added.

Mathews was Sri Lanka"s ODI captain from 2013 to the middle of 2017, but had quit the post last year after a series defeat to Zimbabwe at home.