Angelo Mathews has resumed Sri Lanka’s limited-overs captaincy less than six months after he resigned from the position.
“When I stepped down I never thought of taking over the captaincy again,” Mathews said in Colombo on Tuesday. “But as soon as we came back from India, the president had a discussion with me. Also Hathu aiya [Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka’s new coach], and the selectors spoke to me and asked me to consider taking up the captaincy again.
“I took a few a few days to think about it, and because of a few reasons I decided to accept. We need stability running into the World Cup. We’ve had a few captains over the last few months because of injuries. The other captains did a good job, though we didn’t get the results. But going into the World Cup we need that stability.
“I’ve also known Hathu aiya for a long time and I know how he operates. He’s not here just to survive. It’ll be very easy to work with him. Cricket has given me a lot. If I turn my back in the hour of need I’ll not have done right by cricket.”
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