IPL 2013 news March 28, 2013

Angelo Mathews named Pune Warriors' captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka allrounder, will lead Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. Mathews takes over Warriors' captaincy from Sourav Ganguly, who will not play in this year's IPL.

The decision to appoint Mathews would mean Warriors will be without their regular captain when playing their away game against Chennai Super Kings, following the IPL governing council's decision to exclude Sri Lankan players from matches in Chennai.

He wasn't the first choice captain for Warriors. However, once Australia captain Michael Clarke, their preferred choice, was ruled out of this edition of the tournament due to a back injury - one that also forced him to miss the last Test in India - it was clear that Sri Lanka's Test and ODI leader would take over.

Mathews thus becomes the fourth captain to lead Warriors, who open their third IPL campaign with an away game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. While Yuvraj Singh led the team in their inaugural season in 2011, Sourav Ganguly and Steven Smith shared the responsibility in Yuvraj's absence last year due to illness. This year, despite Yuvraj having recovered from his rare germ cell cancer, it was known even before the auction on February 3 that the possibility of him leading the team was remote. "Both him and the owners were reluctant to have him as the skipper since Yuvi the allrounder is so much more important to the balance of the team than Yuvi the captain," an insider said.

Mathews, in all likelihood, will be one of three Sri Lankans to captain IPL teams this year, with Mahela Jayawardene leading Delhi Daredevils and Kumar Sangakkara in charge of Sunrisers Hyderabad. The franchises have already shown concern over the decision to keep the Sri Lankan players away from the Chennai games due to political tensions, saying that Super Kings may subsequently have an added advantage in their home games.

Former South Africa quick Allan Donald, who was initially appointed Warriors' bowling coach last season, has been named the franchise's head coach. Former India batsman, Pravin Amre, will continue in the role of assistant coach. Trainer Rob Walters, who had previously worked with South Africa and Delhi Daredevils, has been signed as fielding coach and fitness trainer.

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  • Sameer Ahmad on April 2, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Its Good To See Pervez Rasool In The Team Who Is From Jammu Kashmir In Sha Allah His Performance Will Be Better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Best Of Luck To Pervez Bhai

  • Rakesh on March 31, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Not sure if Warriors will have any good, but Mathews is going to reap huge benefits from this experience.. not a good decision in interest of the team .. but strange things do happen in cricket ...

  • Bryn on March 31, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    strange decision. with finch coming in especially, with respect for mathews

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    to reply for MAR00N5 in case of your comment about you have said about even mathews will no be in startingXI in last year when ganguly and others wasted balls mathews came and play to catxh up he was better to catch balls you need a fighter to be a captian luck in this world with mathews not with yuvi like ms7 yovi is great player but not a great captian like sachin.................mathews is right choice even wehen clarke also in the squad..............thanks

  • Yasiru on March 30, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Congratz to Mathews and good luck to PW...Ross Taylor will probably lose the spot due to his recent below par performances...Also with due respect to Ross, he always had a limited number of shots and areas of scoring in the game..

  • Prashan on March 30, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    @ Htc-Android, yes a special thanks goes to the BCCI indeed. Hopefull Pune Warriors excel this time.

  • Gaurav on March 30, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    I'll start by congratulating Matthews but will say this- 1- he has not enough experience as the leader of the group (especially when so many diffrent players coming from different countires/teams are involved), 2- If they trusted S Smith last yr why not this yr too, 3- If they were looking for a proven leader- Ross taylor is there and finally, 4- R Uthappa should have given a chance (at least to share the captaincy like last yr S Ganguly and S Smith did)...

  • Lakshminarayanan on March 29, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Yuvraj should be the best choice for captain. No foreigners are expected to play all the games as they are not real winners. They can be shuffled across matches to give opportunity for all of them. So obiviously an Indian should captain the team as he is the one who can use local performer well.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    uttappa or yuvi would have been the right choice for captain

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    good opportunity for Mathews to improve his leadership skills. he's a crucial player as an all-rounder for Pune

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