Chandimal to lead Sri Lanka in Tests, Tharanga in ODIs and T20Is

Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga have been appointed as new captains of the Sri Lanka Test and shorter format sides respectively, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Wednesday (July 12).

Chandimal, who has served as the all-rounder’s deputy before and captained the T20 side, will take charge when the hosts meet Zimbabwe in a one-off Test on July 14.

The 27-year-old said in a press conference on Wednesday that he hoped to have Mathews around in guiding the team going forward. “I’m very thankful to the job that Angie (Angelo Mathews) has done for us,” he said. “Captaincy is not an easy job. He’s a match-winner for us, and I have huge hopes that he will continue to be one in the coming years as well.”

Mathews’ resignation did not come as a surprise, especially after Sri Lanka’s shocking loss to Zimbabwe 3-2 in the recently concluded ODI series, stating that it was the lowest point of his career.

“Yes, there have been significant poor performances, and I’m humble enough to accept it,” Angelo said. “In the past also there were instances where I wanted to step down but I didn’t want to let the team down at that time, mainly because there were no replacements. The team’s interests supercede the individuals. Now there are candidates to take over, and I’m sure they will be more successful than me. I also wanted to give my successor time to build a team for the 2019 World Cup.”

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