Sri Lankan chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya said that former captain Angelo Mathews will perform the duties of an all-rounder in the upcoming one-day series against India. As ODI skipper Upul Tharanga will have his job as a bowler.
According to the sources, “It’s a big relief that Angelo will be able to bowl for us again. We have to manage him carefully and he is at the moment not ready to bowl full quota of ten overs, but he will certainly be able to bowl five to six overs. That’s a big plus point for us as it helps us to balance the side.”
Talking about the thought process behind the decision, former captain Mathews said “After the loss I had a deep think about it. No doubt it was a bitter pill to swallow as we didn’t expect it. I was very disappointed because I set myself and the team high standards.”
“My personal opinion was that we needed a change. I felt that I needed to leave enough time for my successor to gel with the team on his way to the 2019 World Cup. That was the only thing in my mind. If I leave a year from now, it won’t be nice. This is the right time for a change. Whoever is going to lead the side, I will give my fullest support.”