Angelo Mathews steps down as Sri Lanka captain

Angelo Mathews has decided to step down as the captain of the Sri Lanka cricket team from all formats of the game after his team's 3-2 series loss to Zimbabwe at home

By: Express Web Desk | Colombo | Updated: July 12, 2017 7:28 pm
angelo mathews, sri lanka cricket, sri lanka vs zimbabwe, sl vs zim, cricket news, indian express Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka in 34 Tests and 98 ODIs.

Angelo Mathews has stepped down as the captain of the Sri Lanka cricket team from all three formats of the game. The decision has come after Sri Lanka lost the five-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe 3-2 on Sunday.

Terming the defeat to Zimbabwe as “one of the lowest points” of his career, Mathews had said that he will discuss the captaincy with Sri Lanka Cricket board later but he announced his resignation on Tuesday only.

“Mathews tendered his resignation a short while ago this morning,” said SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala said.

“We want to regroup and restructure and move forward.” Mathews said.

“There were times when I wanted to step down, but I did not want to let the team down at that time because there were no replacements as such,” he added.

“But I feel this is the right time. The team’s interests supercede my interests. My honest opinion is that there are candidates who can take over the reins.”

Sri Lankan side had faced a rough patch in the recent past. They lost the five-match ODI series 2-3 against Zimbabwe after losing the final game at Hambantota while they were eliminated in the first round if the Champions Trophy 2017. Apart from this, the Sri Lankan team suffered 0-2 whitewash in New Zealand while were hammered 0-3 in South Africa.

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