Mathews resigns as Sri Lanka captain; 2 new captains named
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Angelo Mathews has resigned as Sri Lanka’s cricket captain in all three formats of the game in the wake of the country’s first-ever one-day international series loss against low-ranked Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka Cricket named Dinesh Chandimal as the new test captain while Upul Tharanga will be in charge of the team in the shorter formats.
The 30-year-old Mathews stepped down two days after a 2-3 loss to Zimbabwe in the one-day series, Sri Lanka’s first ever in six series.
He led the team during a tumultuous period for Sri Lanka’s cricket with the retirement of several star players.
Mathews captained Sri Lanka for 34 test matches, winning 13 of them and losing 15. The team won 47 out of 98 one-day matches in which he was captain and four Twenty20 internationals.
Sri Lanka also named a 15-member squad for the only test against Zimbabwe starting Friday.
Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka , Kusal Mendis , Asela Gunaratne , Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara.