Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha to do selector's role during tours

  • Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha to do selector's role during tours

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha to do selector's role during tours

Former captain Angelo Mathews, who stepped down after Sri Lanka's disastrous ODI defeat against Zimbabwe, was reappointed as ODI and Twenty20 captain at a special media conference held at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) headquarters in Colombo, a short while ago today (9).

He replaces Thisara Perera and is expected to lead the side into the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. "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 continue to lead the Test side.

However, after a string of poor performances and having four different captains over the five-month period, the captaincy of Sri Lanka's ODI and T20 outfit has comeback to Mathews. I thought about it and there are few reasons for me to take it again. It is very easy to work with him as he has his goals. "If I turn my back in the hour of need I'll not have done right by cricket". When you have a coach like him that other countries are desperate to have, it's a great thing. "The only concern we had was his physical fitness and we have a plan in place to help him".

"We need stability running into the World Cup", said Mathews, who will begin the new phase of his captaincy in a tri-series in Bangladesh that also involves Zimbabwe later this month.

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.

Following the resignation of Mathews, keeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal was named the new Test captain - a role he retains - while batsman Upul Tharanga was put in charge of the limited-overs side. He is going to be an important part in the run-up to the World Cup campaign.