Angelo Mathews slammed the cricket board of Sri Lanka through a letter. Earlier the Sri Lankan skipper Mathews was questioned by the cricket board for poor performance in the Asia Cup. Mathews said that he felt sorry that he alone was held responsible for the poor performance of the team in the Asia Cup.
Due to a ban period imposition on Dinesh Chandimal on account of ball-tampering scandal, Mathews was appointed as the captain of the team for Asia Cup. Earlier he was the captain for the team from 2013-2017. Due to the poor performance of the team, Kapugedera, Chandimal, and Upul Tharanga were handed the captaincy one after the other. Dinesh Chandimal was handed the captaincy on account of poor performance of the team in the Asia Cup 2018, sacking Mathews from the captaincy.
He wrote to chief selector Ashley De Silva expressing his agony towards his termination from the captaincy. He added that he could be recalled from the squad if selectors think that he is unfit for limited overs format. On the other hand, Dinesh Chandimal might lead the team till the World Cup 2019 but there are predictions that he might be sacked out if the consequences grow worse.
He wrote to Ashley De Silva that “Though I was initially surprised, it was immediately felt that I have been made the scapegoat in this entire saga of Sri Lanka’s dismal performances against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. “I’m willing to take part of the blame but at the same time, feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely put on me. As you know all decisions are taken through a mutual understanding with the Selectors and the Head Coach. And though I do not agree with the reasoning that the losses should be accrued single-handed to the captaincy, I however eagerly and wholeheartedly respect the request of the selection committee and the head coach in asking me to step down and do so with immediate effect,”
“You would recall that I relinquished my captaincy in all formats in July 2017, pursuant to captaining Sri Lanka continuously for a period of 5 years in all formats. During this tenure, under my captaincy, series wins were recorded against England, we whitewashed Australia 3-0 and winning the Asia Cup in 2014 were some memorable occasions. However, in the team’s best interest having felt that the time had come for new leadership I voluntarily resigned as Captain from all formats of the game in July 2017.”
“Thereafter, pursuant to Sri Lanka suffering heavy defeats in all formats and having several appointed Captains, namely Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Chamara Kapugedara, Lasith Malinga and Dinesh Chandimal during the tenure between July 2017 and December 2017 in the ODI and T20 formats, Mr. Chandika Hathurusinghe immediately having been appointed as Head coach met with me in person, requested me to reconsider taking up the Captaincy until the World Cup in 2019.”
“Though myself, my family and close friends discouraged me in taking up the mantle, being confident in Hathurusinghe and his plans to elevate the performances of the Sri Lankan team and in the best interest of my country I agreed to do so until the World Cup.”
“I also believe that if the selectors and coach are of the view that I am unfit to play ODI and T20 cricket and thus not entitled for my place in the team, I would also consider retiring from the ODI and T20 formats as I never want to be a burden to the team.”