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 past year.
Tharanga then lost the captaincy after a run of 10 consecutive defeats and was replaced by all-rounder Thisara Perera, who presided over the team's 2-1 loss in India last month, on a temporary basis. "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.
Mathews, 30, will be the skipper of the ODI and Twenty20 global teams on a long-term basis, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Tuesday (January 9). "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. It'll be very easy to work with him. Also Hathu aiya, and the selectors spoke to me and asked me to consider taking up the captaincy again. The other countries are dying to take him as he is the best in the business. "The only concern we had was his physical fitness and we have a plan in place to help him".
Mathews's first assignment will be when he leads the Lankan side in the Tri-series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
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"My reason for backing Angelo was that I needed the best person to lead the side".
Uncapped pace bowler Shehan Madushanka has also been picked, even though he has only featured in three first-class matches and three List A games to date.
In Tests, he was succeeded by Rangana Herath and later Dinesh Chandimal and in ODI's by many with Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera being the latest. He is going to be an important part in the run-up to the World Cup campaign.