Sri Lanka Appoint Dinesh Chandimal As New ODI Skipper
Sri Lankan Cricket has continued to swing the captaincy baton from one player to the other. Sri Lanka has now handed over the captaincy reins to Dinesh Chandimal, who is their Test skipper as well. Thus, the former skipper Angelo Mathews is release from his captaincy duties. In fact, this is the second time in this year that Mathews has handed over the bridle to Chandimal. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has struggled to get going in the 50-overs format.
They were knocked out of the ongoing Asia Cup. The Island nation first received a big loss from the hands of Bangladesh as they lost by 136 runs. Furthermore, they had to face another defeat by Afghanistan as they lost against them by 91 runs. Thus, they were shown the exit doors from the multi-nation tournament in the group stages itself.
Dinesh Chandimal takes over the mantle once again.
Consequently, it was an ignominious display from Sri Lanka who have been champions of Asia on five occasions. In fact, they not only disappointed by their poor Asia Cup performance but also have been sluggish throughout the year. The Island nation had recently lost the five-match ODI series by 3-2 against South Africa in their own home conditions.
Furthermore, they haven’t won any bilateral ODI series in 2018. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan selectors have forced the change in the leadership role of the team.
“Selectors requested Angelo Mathews to relinquish his duties as the National ODI & T20I captain, with immediate effect,” according to a media release.
Therefore, Dinesh Chandimal first project as ODI captain will be against England. The first One-Dayer of the five-match series will take place on 10 October. Thus, Chandimal will have his work cut out as Sri Lanka will aim for some kind of impetus before the next year World Cup.