Angelo Mathews to captain Sri Lanka in WT20, Lasith Malinga also included

The team was picked by the new selection committee headed by the former skipper Aravinda de Silva which also includes Kumar Sangakkara.

By: PTI | Colombo | Published:March 8, 2016 2:13 pm
World T20, World T20 updates, World T20 news, World T20 scores, Sri Lanka cricket, Sri Lanka cricket team, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews captain, sports news, sports, cricket news, Cricket Angelo Mathews replaced Lasith Malinga as Sri Lanka captain ahead of the World T20. (Source: AP)

All-rounder Angelo Mathews on Tuesday replaced Lasith Malinga as captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team for the ICC World Twenty20 in India but the injury-ravaged pacer managed to retain his place in the side.

The team was picked by the new selection committee headed by the former skipper Aravinda de Silva which also includes Kumar Sangakkara.

Malinga was asked by the management to resign as captain after a spate of injuries which relegated him to a non-playing captain.
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The pacer eventually stepped down on Monday owing to slow recovery from a knee injury, which forced him to miss most of
the recent Asia Cup.

Ironically, it was Malinga who was captain when Sri Lanka won the last World T20 held in Bangladesh in 2014.

Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal returned to the side along with the left-handed batsman, Lahiru Thirmanna.

Both were not part of the recent Asia Cup when Sri Lanka were beaten by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Their only win coming against associate team the UAE.

Sri Lanka squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanna, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardena, Chamara Kapugedara, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake and Lasith Malinga.