It was only six months back when Angelo Mathews was relived of ODI captaincy of team Sri Lanka. Now, the player is again re-instated as the ODI captain of the team, with an informal resolution to keep on with the helm until 2019 World Cup and also beyond. The change in the team’s leadership might be under the proposal of new head-coach Chandika Hathurusingha. Both the player and the coach worked together between 2008 and 2010 during their stint in the A team of Sri Lanka.
After being appointed as the captain of the team again, Mathews disclosed the new coach’s proposal. As the captain stated, he never wanted to take the leadership baton again after resigning from the designation. The change came up when the Sri Lanka Cricket President discussed the matter with him after the team returned from India. The captain said, the new coach as well as the selectors asked him to consider becoming the captain of the team once again.
Fitness has been the primary issue for the captain. Angelo Mathews stepped down from captainship because he continued being absent from the team due to several injury issues. Since 2016, July, the player missed 20 ODIs. Sri Lanka played 39 ODIs in the stretch.
Mathews said he knows how Hathurusingha ‘operates’. Per the captain, it would be very easy to work with the new coach. He said, countries are desperate to have a coach like Hathurusingha and it would be obviously a ‘great thing’ to be mentored by him. The new captain added Cricket has given him a lot and he cannot turn his back to the game it the times of need.
On the other hand, per the new head-coach, Mathews is the ‘best person to lead the ODIU team’. He corroborated his idea saying Mathews “warrants a place on his own performance.” The Coach identified ‘physical fitness’ as the only concern of the captain with an assurance that a plan will be worked out to help him.
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