Sri Lanka Cricket gives coach Chandika Hathurusingha selector's job on tour

Sri Lanka Cricket gives coach Chandika Hathurusingha selector's job on tour

The 30-year-old relinquished the captaincy in all three formats last year after the shock home one-day series defeat against Zimbabwe in July.

When Mathews stepped down as captain from all formats of the game in July past year, he had said that he wanted to give the new captain enough time to rebuild the side for the 2019 World Cup.

Tharanga then lost the captaincy after a run of 10 consecutive defeats and was replaced by all-rounder Thisara Perera, who presided over the team's 2-1 loss in India last month, on a temporary basis. "But as soon as we came back from India, the president had a discussion with me".

"I've also known Hathu aiya for a long time and I know how he operates". Dinesh Chandimal will continue to lead the Test side.

"I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I chose to accept it". He's not here just to survive.


" Cricket has given me a lot, and if I turn my back I feel it is not fair by my country", he added. It'll be very easy to work with him.

Mathews' first assignment will be Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh where they will play a tri-nation tournament also involving Zimbabwe.

"My reason for backing Angelo was that I needed the best person to lead the side". "The only concern we had was his physical fitness and we have a plan in place to help him".

The squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanidu Hasaranga.

"He's got pace and you can't coach that", Hathurusingha was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. He is going to be an important part in the run-up to the World Cup campaign.

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