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Angelo Mathews reinstated as Sri Lanka's limited overs skipper

Angelo Mathews is expected to lead Sri Lanka until 2019 World Cup
Angelo Mathews is expected to lead Sri Lanka until 2019 World Cup

Sri Lanka have reinstated all-rounder Angelo Mathews as the skipper of the limited overs team just six months after he stepped down from captaincy in all the formats of the game.

The 30-year-old resigned from the captaincy role following Sri Lanka's shocking defeat to Zimbabwe at home following which Dinesh Chandimal took over the Test captaincy while Upul Tharanga was named in charge of the limited overs team.

However, with Tharanga not producing the desired results, the selectors opted for Thisara Perera as the new skipper of the side on a temporary basis which did not go well either as Sri Lanka suffered series defeats against India in both ODIs and T20Is.

“When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again,” said Mathews, who has accepted the request made by Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala.

“I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I decided to accept it.

“We need stability running into the World Cup.

“We’ve had a few captains over the last few months because of injuries. The other captains did a good job, though we didn’t get the results. But going into the World Cup we need that stability."

Mathews is expected to lead the Sri Lankan side until the 2019 World Cup but his immediate assignment will be a tri-series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe that kicks-off on 15th January in Dhaka.

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