Dinesh Chandimal to lead Sri Lankan ODI team as Sri Lanka sack, Angelo Mathews as limited-overs captain

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NEW DELHI: The Sri lankan selectors to appoint Dinesh Chandimal as the ODI captain to lead the team in the upcoming England series and sacked skipper Angelo Mathews after the country’s humiliating exit from the Asia Cup, where Sri Lanka lost to Afghanistan and Bangladesh and exited in the group stages itself.

Mathews will now be replaced by right-hand batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who is also leading the team in the Test format. The board said it asked Mathews to step down as captain of the ODI and T20 teams to clear the way for Chandimal to lead Sri Lanka during the tour.

Sri Lanka have been grappling with a leadership crisis over the last 18 months, during which Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedera and Thisara Perera have also been tried as ODI captains. Sri Lanka have lost 30 out of 47 ODI matches they have played since 2017.

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