Angelo Mathews, who was announced as Sri Lanka’s ODI captain until the 2019 World Cup on Tuesday says,
“When I stepped down, I thought that I will never take it up again. SLC President, Head Coach and the selectors wanted me to reconsider my decision. I thought about it and there are few reasons for me to take it again. We need to have stability leading up to the 2019 World Cup which is less than 18 months away. This is an hour of need and if I don’t take it up now, I will feel bad in a few months time,” Mathews told journalist moments after being appointed as captain.
Mathews graduated to international cricket in 2009 after some impressive performances with Sri Lanka ‘A’ team where Hathurusingha was the coach. The 30-year-old is Sri Lanka’s senior-most player at the moment.
“I have known Hathu [Hathurasingha] for a long time. I know how he operates. He is not here to survive. It is very easy to work with him as he has his goals. He played a major part in me making this decision to take up the captaincy again. He is going to be an important part in the run-up to the World Cup campaign. The other countries are dying to take him as he is the best in the business. We have worked a lot together with the ‘A’ team and then with the senior team,” Mathews