Tuesday, 09 January 2018 - 16:38
“Hathurusingha insisted me to accept captaincy” - Mathews


Angelo Mathews says he agreed to accept the captaincy of the ODI team on the insistence of team mentor and Head Coach, Chandika Hathurusingha.
Mathews was appointed as the Sri Lanka's ODI captain today (Jan. 09) until 2019 World Cup to be held in England.
Mathews stepped down from the captaincy in July 2017 after Sri Lanka failed to perform well against Zimbabwe.
However, during the last few months, Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamara Kapugedera and Thisara Perera led Sri Lanka white-ball teams.
Addressing the media in Colombo this morning, Mathews said, "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 first assignment will be the upcoming tri-nation series involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to be played in Bangladesh.
"I have known 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,".

Meanwhile, Hathurusingha said he backed Mathews to accept the captaincy as he needed the best person to lead the side.

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