Sri Lanka news October 24, 2012

Mathews named Sri Lanka Twenty20 captain

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Angelo Mathews has been appointed Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain for a period of one year starting with the Twenty20 against New Zealand at Pallekele on October 30. The 25-year-old allrounder succeeds Mahela Jayawardene, who quit the Twenty20 captaincy after the World Twenty20 final.

"We are giving Mathews a free hand to captain the T20 side for one year, after which we will review his performance," chief selector Ashantha de Mel said.

Mathews has been vice-captain since July last year, and is the most obvious candidate to be Sri Lanka's next captain in all forms. His elevation to the T20 captaincy is an indication that he remains the frontrunner for the Test and ODI captaincy.

The selectors may also have to name a new Test and ODI captain as early as February next year, with Jayawardene set to reassess his role as captain after Sri Lanka's tour of Australia. Jayawardene took the reins from Tillakaratne Dilshan in January, and has seen himself as a caretaker captain in that time, holding the position only until a younger team member is ready to lead.

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named vice-captain, also for a one-year term.

New Zealand's tour to Sri Lanka includes two Tests and five one dayers, in addition to the one-off Twenty20.

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  • miles100 on October 27, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    SL needs a tough minded,tactical & inspiring captain who shows positive body language under pressure.Last one to see with above qualities was Arjuna not Mahela or Sanga.Angelo was a successful youth team captain.SL also needs a strong middle order who can play long innings & hit massive 4's and 6's at the end. Especially in No: 3,4, 5 and 6 Positions.At least no:5 & 6 batting positions should have seniors which is not the case today.SL also needs young opening pinch hitters like in mid 90's, not senior players opening the batting.SL also needs some fast bowlers who can bring the ball up to the chest height of batsmen accurately at 135-145 KPH in almost every delivery or bowlers who can swing both ways at 135-145 KPH all these are physically demanding tasks. Though Angelo becomes a good captain,SL needs a confident,power hitting & reliable middle order & fast bowlers with above capabilities & young opening pinch hitters.These can make SL win every series/every final even without luck.

  • SitharaAriyarathna on October 26, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    why all of you blame malinga?he is giving the best to any team he plays.he also should earn money before he retires.so there is no problem in playing ipl.some people are saying that his best figures for ipl not for sl. it's because sl playing against international teams and ipl teams have just few good players and wkts are coming easily.

  • asgtheone on October 26, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Where's Kapugedara. He's the best T20 batsman in the Island. Big mistake!!!

  • aussiesl on October 26, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    He is the only option for captain and he is very humble level headed guy not like dilshan!!! and stop whinging about the finals how he got out. WAIT mahela was set and reverse sweep got out.. thissara and jeevan ran them self out!!! yep angelo played sccop but if its connected every body whohoo what a great shot. get over people he is the ONLY option for srilanka and he will prove the heaters wrong.

  • Ramansilva on October 25, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    This is a disaster for SL team. What is Mathews good at? He is average in all three departments. He does not have the class of Madugalle, Marvan, Mahlea or Sanga. He does not have the aggression of Mendis, Sanath or Dilshan. He is definitely not a tactician like Arjuna. Malinga as a vice captain. hahaha that must be a big joke.

  • on October 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    This team is taken from cricinfo: Angelo Mathews (capt), Nuwan Kulasekara (vice-capt), Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dananjaya, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga. Can any one tell me how a player who in not in the squad be a vice captain of the team? Or am I mistaken and we are talking about non playing vice captain ala the Ryder cup and Davis cup

  • Treva on October 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Guys, Angi is T20I Capt. for SL, but Vice Capt. is niether Malinga nor Kulasekara. It has been given to Dinesh Chandimal and I would say he is a Good option on POV SL cricket.

  • CricketMaan on October 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Its good Angelo start at T20 captain, its high pressure and he will have his task cut out for the WT20 runners up. But the BIG QUESTION is who after Mahela in Tests and ODIs, would it be too soon for Angelo. History has see MAK Pataudi and Grame Smith lead thier countries in Tests in early 20s, what helped both was enormous talent and being 'men of steel'. Angelo has talent no doubt, but he needs to stay fit, determine if he wants to continue as an allrounder, especially in all formats and do the righ thing to not bowl in Tests and focus on batting and captiancy. What other choice does SL have, a lot of promising talent though none have stood out. I though Jeevan Mendis showed a cool and calm head and some great skills in the oppurtunities he has had and he will be my pick for vice captaincy.

  • Sumedha1980 on October 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Congrats to Angelo and malinga....give ur best that u can give. Hope u guys can over come the hard situation. All the best guys.......

  • Robin-Hood on October 25, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Most of the past SL captains were classy stroke players, like Roy Dias, Wettamuni, Madugalle, Marvan Attapattu, Sangakkar and Mahela, but I can't see it from Angelo. He needs to improve that to become a classy captain to remember him for a long time. As a Srilankan we like to see stylish stroke players (Atapattu, Roy Dias), aggresive(Ranatunga) and entertainer( Jayasuriya). We all know Angelo is a fighter and never give up and he is a entertainer, just need to improve his batting strokes. We can't expect anything from his captaincy, coz he just started his new job, experience make him a good captain. We have no choice, he is the only player who can lead the SL team after Sanga and Mahela. One day thrimanna will take Sanga's role. I wish best of luck to Angelo and have a good future for SL cricket.

  • miles100 on October 27, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    SL needs a tough minded,tactical & inspiring captain who shows positive body language under pressure.Last one to see with above qualities was Arjuna not Mahela or Sanga.Angelo was a successful youth team captain.SL also needs a strong middle order who can play long innings & hit massive 4's and 6's at the end. Especially in No: 3,4, 5 and 6 Positions.At least no:5 & 6 batting positions should have seniors which is not the case today.SL also needs young opening pinch hitters like in mid 90's, not senior players opening the batting.SL also needs some fast bowlers who can bring the ball up to the chest height of batsmen accurately at 135-145 KPH in almost every delivery or bowlers who can swing both ways at 135-145 KPH all these are physically demanding tasks. Though Angelo becomes a good captain,SL needs a confident,power hitting & reliable middle order & fast bowlers with above capabilities & young opening pinch hitters.These can make SL win every series/every final even without luck.

  • SitharaAriyarathna on October 26, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    why all of you blame malinga?he is giving the best to any team he plays.he also should earn money before he retires.so there is no problem in playing ipl.some people are saying that his best figures for ipl not for sl. it's because sl playing against international teams and ipl teams have just few good players and wkts are coming easily.

  • asgtheone on October 26, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Where's Kapugedara. He's the best T20 batsman in the Island. Big mistake!!!

  • aussiesl on October 26, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    He is the only option for captain and he is very humble level headed guy not like dilshan!!! and stop whinging about the finals how he got out. WAIT mahela was set and reverse sweep got out.. thissara and jeevan ran them self out!!! yep angelo played sccop but if its connected every body whohoo what a great shot. get over people he is the ONLY option for srilanka and he will prove the heaters wrong.

  • Ramansilva on October 25, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    This is a disaster for SL team. What is Mathews good at? He is average in all three departments. He does not have the class of Madugalle, Marvan, Mahlea or Sanga. He does not have the aggression of Mendis, Sanath or Dilshan. He is definitely not a tactician like Arjuna. Malinga as a vice captain. hahaha that must be a big joke.

  • on October 25, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    This team is taken from cricinfo: Angelo Mathews (capt), Nuwan Kulasekara (vice-capt), Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dananjaya, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga. Can any one tell me how a player who in not in the squad be a vice captain of the team? Or am I mistaken and we are talking about non playing vice captain ala the Ryder cup and Davis cup

  • Treva on October 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Guys, Angi is T20I Capt. for SL, but Vice Capt. is niether Malinga nor Kulasekara. It has been given to Dinesh Chandimal and I would say he is a Good option on POV SL cricket.

  • CricketMaan on October 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Its good Angelo start at T20 captain, its high pressure and he will have his task cut out for the WT20 runners up. But the BIG QUESTION is who after Mahela in Tests and ODIs, would it be too soon for Angelo. History has see MAK Pataudi and Grame Smith lead thier countries in Tests in early 20s, what helped both was enormous talent and being 'men of steel'. Angelo has talent no doubt, but he needs to stay fit, determine if he wants to continue as an allrounder, especially in all formats and do the righ thing to not bowl in Tests and focus on batting and captiancy. What other choice does SL have, a lot of promising talent though none have stood out. I though Jeevan Mendis showed a cool and calm head and some great skills in the oppurtunities he has had and he will be my pick for vice captaincy.

  • Sumedha1980 on October 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Congrats to Angelo and malinga....give ur best that u can give. Hope u guys can over come the hard situation. All the best guys.......

  • Robin-Hood on October 25, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Most of the past SL captains were classy stroke players, like Roy Dias, Wettamuni, Madugalle, Marvan Attapattu, Sangakkar and Mahela, but I can't see it from Angelo. He needs to improve that to become a classy captain to remember him for a long time. As a Srilankan we like to see stylish stroke players (Atapattu, Roy Dias), aggresive(Ranatunga) and entertainer( Jayasuriya). We all know Angelo is a fighter and never give up and he is a entertainer, just need to improve his batting strokes. We can't expect anything from his captaincy, coz he just started his new job, experience make him a good captain. We have no choice, he is the only player who can lead the SL team after Sanga and Mahela. One day thrimanna will take Sanga's role. I wish best of luck to Angelo and have a good future for SL cricket.

  • Ash_Striker on October 25, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Angi should b da captain. bt malinga should nt b da vice captain.he s a player playing 4 money.nt 4 country. my selection 4 vice captaincy s thisara or kule.

  • Pappu_bhai on October 25, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Another Foolish Decision.I suspect they dont have any wise people in their selection board or is the whole country like the same?Next month they will make Malinga the captain.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 25, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Mathews is a good selection, but Malinga???

  • denwarlo70 on October 25, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Pleased with the decision of AM been made the skipper of the T20 format for SL. Malinga as his deputy, hmmm, I'm not sure and will make no comment but I am a huge fan of Malinga as a bowler. However, here's the brighter side for Anji, now that he is skipper, he needs to take more responsibility and play more responsible innings for SL, rash shots like what he played in the 2012 T20I final would have to be thrown out of his window pronto. He bats low down the order wit the tail so obviously he has to pick the momentum but having said that rash shots should not be the criteria. All the best Son, do your job to the best of your ability. A Sri Lankan cricket fan

  • on October 25, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    As a Indian i would prefer Jivan Mendis for this place as much as i saw this man better then Methews cos Methews havent shown his class what he can saw. He is good player but as like as Razzak he might not justify his class. Anyway might be turning point best luck.

  • bhaloniaz on October 25, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Srilanka needed a new captain. Mahela took off his swing bowlers (Mathews, Perera or Kula) in the beginning when they bowled tight spells. He did not use Perera much. Mendis, Malinga and Mathews can bowl at the end. Specially Mendis.

  • on October 25, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Wish India can take a similar step and appoint 3 different captains for the three formats, Raina for T20's, Dhoni for Odi's and Kohi for Tests!

  • masoodali150 on October 25, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    One of the best choice as concern to SL Team, Mathew a fighter man of a trouble time.

  • stormy16 on October 25, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Would have preferred not to have a time line to the captaincy role and what are they expecting to do after the year? Hand it over to Malinga? I am not suggesting indefinite captain but have some faith in the guy specially when there are no options and just give him the role with no strings attached. If it doesnt work - review it when it doesnt. I really dont see Malinga or Kula having leadership traits - it just sounds alot like a decision based on how Dilshan was appointed, seniority, rather than leadership traits.

  • burner1985 on October 25, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Wish Angelo all the best. He was the obvious choice but still has a lot to learn though. Being a good player does not mean you'd be a good captain. Don't see the point in appointing Malinga as VC, he has been in such poor form of late. Don't see the need for a VC at all. The only player to consider for VS is Kulesekara.

  • Htc-Android on October 25, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    thissara perera can never be a good batsman until he improves his shots on the off side and his strike rotating ability.Remember he played loose shot in the last game against india, when we were well in place for a win.it was due to his lack strike rotating ability and his inability to hit on the offside. i never considered him as an allrounder. he is more like a bowler who bats well. similar to kulasekara, but more powerful than him.

  • DilumSL on October 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Not a bad decision considering the future. But I don't think Angi is a good captain yet. But I'm quite sure he will do well in future. Malinga for VC. well thats something lol. good luck to Mathews and al the Sri Lankan team.

  • anver777 on October 25, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    No other option for SL, but to go with Angelo is a best move.... he had earlier led school team & SL under19 team, so he's experienced enough & now is time to showcase his true captaincy skills by leading the national team......... All the best & go well !!!!!

  • satish619chandar on October 25, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Mathews is the next obvious choice for captaincy after the big three. Not sure why Malinga is handled the VC. His recent form itself is very worrying. Nuwan for the job. He has better cricketing brain than Malinga.Even Thissera if they look for future.

  • solankibhavesh on October 25, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    congratulation to Mathews , its very good decision made by SLCB. Mathews he is the only one player to lead srilanka in world cricket after Mahila and Sanga. He has ability to do well in cricket with captaincy. I think He is the suitable player to lead srilanka in all fromat of cricket becos he learnt so many thing under senior player. so best of luck Mathews

  • ak_dragon on October 25, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Good Decision made by Board....Handover 2 Matthews & let him mature to be a captain for all Formats.

  • kalins on October 25, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Its a good opportunity to both Angelo and Malinga. Do your best!!!!, also SL Cricket should find more opportunities to get more cricket to the team. We hardly see few T20s on the fixtures. Also take a leap to avoid ministry involvement of player listings and approvals.

  • on October 25, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Nuwan Kulasekara Should be appointed as Vice-Captain for his contribution for all format in cricket

  • on October 25, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    well my favourite duos are in action. hope malinga's vc position is honorary .jeevan mendis or chandimal should be his deputy in long run. you cannot make leaders with out giving them to try out. i still feel we should allow mahela and kumar should play with the team until 2015 and angi get the captaincy transferred gradually .also i have high respect on upul tharanga.. who should be awarded sometime too.:)

  • on October 25, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    AM is the obvious candidate for the job which I think is a good decision. I am sure he will do his best if the players like Dilshan co-operate with him.

    However I have my serious reservations about Mainga being named as VC. We are yet to see captaincy credentials in Malinga, or perhaps he doesn't have them. No doubt he is a wicket taking, match winning bowler though he has had off days on and off. But I think a more accomplished, young player could have been ideal to deputize AM.

  • Yoker111 on October 25, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    This is the best opputunity to let Thisara Perera to open the batting for SL. Make use of his strength, have faith in him, give him some confidence and most certainly some chances, SL has nothing to loose, let him open face atleast the first 5 overs and score as much as possible. If it works SL cricket will once again have a dangerous opener. that is where SL is weak right now. The opening slot is not STRONG or SKILLED enough to lead the way.. Youth will always beat experience. chances should be given and opputunities should be taken.

  • miles100 on October 25, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    This is a great move. Now we are getting somewhere....We needed a young captain who will be there for the next 10 years. However 1 year maybe only enough to asses the character of a captain without makeing a judgement on the the number of victories as a captain since the kid is still young(25years). Arjuna wasn't the best captain at the beginning when he was young and he became better with time. I have seen Mathews encouraging/backing his young players like Chandimal when Dinesh was about to make a century at lords. Chandimal's century was important for Sri Lankan Cricket in the long run which Dilshan did not see it this way as the captain and started screaming which was selfish to win the match on the day. In other words Mathews as a youngster is more mature than Dilshan to see the furture of SL cricket. All The Very Best Mathews!!!

  • SitharaAriyarathna on October 25, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    the best choise is malinga for me.he has given everything to his team every time.look at his face when he is bowling.it says all.i think he should play at least till 2015 wc and he will surely show who is he.best of luck malinga ,a real lion.

  • on October 25, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    mathews is a good leader.....but half of the matches he is absent with injuries....so that will need a lot of shuffling in authorities.....already he takes stress of bowling......and on top of that the role of CAPTAINCY.......this might affect his performance in the game !

  • Sanga2014 on October 24, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Hope Mathews will lead SL the way he lead Nagenahira Nagas

  • keshini16 on October 24, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Matthews is has not been all that consistent lately, but he has be VC for a while and I trust he must have learnt some captainsy skills, so I trust that will turn out alright. But WHY is Malinga vice captain?! Last year he refused to sign a new SL contract, and now they've made him VC?! How does that even work?! There are so many other players they could have chosen from.

  • on October 24, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    I think its agood decision from the SLCB but giving malinga such a roll its not idle. I think the vice captain should be a young player like Thirimanne, Thisara, Chandimal or Jeevan. I think this is the best time to give them the responsibilities. SLCB should think out of the box like Aussis.

  • Rasanga on October 24, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    I first saw Mathews when he was playing for Lemonade Six a Side matches... he might have been about 16 or 17 years old at that time. He was hitting sixes all around and scoring half centuries consistently. I remember predicting that he is gonna end up in SL team and would lead the team one day. It took more time for him to come in to the side than I anticipated, but he did very well after that. But Im not sure if was taking responsibility as a VC during the past couple of years in the team. He was reckless, specially with regards to batting... good example was the last T20 world cup. I hope he would bounce back to good form and lead the side like man with responsibilities. Good Luck to both !

  • ARad on October 24, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Ashantha De Mel says that the captain will be reassessed after a year. I am not sure if saying something like that is a good thing and would allow a new captain to operate in a confident manner. If Mr De Mel indeed thinks it is a good thing, I hope those who appointed him would also assess Mr. De Mel after one year. That reminds me, wasn't Mr De Mel a selector not too long ago? Let me ask a few questions that are similar to Mr De Mel would have asked (based on his comments about Sri Lanka's T20 team after their recent final T20 world finals appearance where he opined that he wants to populate the T20 team with hard hitters rather than smart players!) How did De Mel perform during his last tenure as the selector? How many world cups did he win during that tenure as a selector?

  • golfallday on October 24, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Malinga VC? just to keep him interested, nothing more. The Board wants to keep him interested.

  • on October 24, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    congrats anji !! he is the best man for the job and also he has been appointed in the right time. but why ion earth malinga as VC is beyond me ??

  • Htc-Android on October 24, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Many people are saying malinga is playing for money not for the country. which is not true at all. he is the highest wicket taker for ODIs in the last 2 years . whats wrong with him making money? huh After Maling retires SLCB is not going to give him money. so this is opportunity for cricketers to make money.There is one fast bowler who always gave his 100% for his country, that is CHAMINDA VASS. what did Sri lankan cricket board do to him? They used him as much as they can and simply dumped him out of the team even when he was performing well. He wasnt even given a fair chance to retire in a formal way.

  • on October 24, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    He is a very clever alrounder, He learn a lot under the captaincy of his seniors., a very nice man and hope he will perform well under the circumstance. His record is fine and hope all seniors and juniors will cooperative with him

  • yohandf1984 on October 24, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Good decision . Core players of our team are reaching towards end of their career ( Dilshan @ 36 , Mahela @ 35 1/2 & Sanga @ 35 ) . So cant expect them to play 2015 world cup & chances are less even for 2014 WT20 . So a young team should be groomed under new captain and it s Mathews without any doubt . But captining only T20 wont help much so he needs to be given ODI captaincy after 2013 Champions trophy .Mahela can continue as test captain for couple of years . Meantime three seniors can gradually phase out format by format . No disrespect for seniors , but team & country are above individuals . not sure whether Malinga is ideal for VC. despite of aged 0nly 29 , he is also coming towards last couple of years of his career . His service was so great for SL and he earns a special chapter in our cricket history . but with unusual action he is not a long term option .

  • on October 24, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    good selection of asanthada mel,CONGRATULATION anji,!!!!!!!

  • on October 24, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    It's true that Mathews played some excellent knocks with tails, but it can't be overshadowed the fact that he got out at crucial times in crucial matches playing some of the ugliest shots, most recent example in the WT20 final, making you wonder he can hold the responsibility. Having said that, he guided Nagenahira Nagas well by leading from the front. Hope he can do the same with SL setup. BTW absolutely rubbish to appoint Malinga as VC.

  • Jeanukka on October 24, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    that is excellent decision, it will be good for srilanka cricket. even if he fail in the beginning i am not going to worry. i am sure he will build a very good team for srilanka.

  • on October 24, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Congrats Mathews... U deserve it... but Malinga? poor choice... but i can't see another option as VC... could've been Chandimal if he is consistent with T20 team...

  • Harmony111 on October 24, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Welcome to Sri Lanka. Here the new captain is the guy who played the ugliest shot of the tournament in an imp match like a final. The man whose left the chair for Angelo was the player who played the 2nd ugliest shot of the tournament. Someone who does not have a sure place in the team is the new captain and then we hear of talks of "Bring back the Cup". If SL were losing 5 matches 1-4 prior to this then they will lose a 5 match series 1-8 from now on.

  • on October 24, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    When Mahela was the captain of SL T20 team as spectators you could not see any assistance was given to Mahela by Angelo and Mahela was on his own way

  • bleedingice on October 24, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Thisara Perrera should have been the vice captain , either way its about time, i hope the indian team follows suite and makes kohli their captain for the twenty 20s.

  • JustIPL on October 24, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    I cant make sense with Malinga. He was one of me main causes why SL could not win T20 WC. Also, just the slinging which is more a way to through technically and very predicable lengths will prevent him to be in SL team for longer. He is now an IPL player and was also once guilty of considering IPL ahead of National duty when he was needed for tests.

  • on October 24, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    methews is our only hope -_-

  • on October 24, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    one talented player who plays for the country and one who plays for money has been appointed...

  • yorkslanka on October 24, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    glad for Mathews but Malinga? he seems to care more about his ipl contract than representing his country..should have been given to chandimal who should be in the team anyway..I would have liked to see malinga dropped for T20 as his performances recently have been poor and thats being kind to say that..

  • kulen26 on October 24, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU........ I HOPE YOU WILL BE GIVEN FREE HANDS TO TAKE DECISION AS WELL.

  • manchas on October 24, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Congrats Angelo but how come Lasith Malinga as vice Capt. He is not fit enough to be in the team at the first place. God save SL in T 20.

  • on October 24, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    this is good decision congrats angelo this is good decision for our cricket future

  • on October 24, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Good Luck Angie..... Go JOES !!!!!!

  • on October 24, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    He was the only choice available.........as Sangakarra ,Dilshan and Mahela would retire sooner rather than later............

  • on October 24, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Poor Guy,

    i think he even dont deserve a place in squad, i would have rather gone with jeevan mendis, he has performed more consistently in limited oppurtunities provided to him,

    I fear angelo's captaincy stint would be similar to darren sammy , a captain who dont deserve a place in team.

    there are lot of players more capable for the job, i guess they are experimenting.

  • ChathuSL on October 24, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Good luck Ange...... I hope you will start with a win against NZ.

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 24, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Wishing very best for Angelo Mathwes & Malinga D Slinga.....i believe angelo mathwes now can play up the order and prove the world what a better player he is in no-3 or no-4...i always believe malinga is the player who gives 110% for whatver team he is playing and ample candidate for the vice-captainship.... i request mahela to help out Mathwes on and off the field how to handle critical situation. I am from india and one the biggest fans of Mahela & Angelo Mathwes. I am fan of Angelo Mathwes from the time when he was playing under-19.

  • on October 24, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Good luck mate..You were born to captain Sri Lanka..Now the stage is yours and we are with you ~

  • on October 24, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    No doubt,Mathews should be the Sri Lanka's next captain but i'm wonder that Malinga named as V.C..... It should be given to Jeevan,Thissara or another good thinking player...Amazed Asantha...Amazed....

  • abubakerjatoi on October 24, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Good Luck to Angelo... and also i Believe he should be given the ODI captaincy also so that he can prove his potential... Jatoi From Pakistan

  • on October 24, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    not gonna be easy for Mathews, to replace the tactical genius of Mahela is always going to be hard. Malinga deserve the honor of being a vice captain, he's won us so many games single handedly, it was just one bad bad match that day.

  • on October 24, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Good Luck Angelo .. I think you will be able to bring World Cup to SL again... Also you can give opportunity to youngsters ...

  • Prabhash1985 on October 24, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Congratulations Malinga and Mathews... MMMMMMMMM.... ;) Wish Sri Lankan team all the best... We can win, we will definitely win... Believe in yourself, trust yourself... You can do it!!! Next worldcup is ours...

  • on October 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Eager to Watch Mathews & Malinga!! Hope These Two Will Bring Our opes Back!! Dear Mathews Be a Captain Like Mahela!!!

  • Sinhaya on October 24, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Well well lets see how Angelo does it. Good luck Angelo and make sure that Munaweera and Angelo Perera are given ample T20 experience.

  • on October 24, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Well Done!! Good decision.. Critics again Malinga have been answered in a great manner..He is a guy who gives 100% to the team and Vice captaincy will make him work harder.. Any way Good Luck Angi and Mali.. !!!!

  • Truesupporter on October 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    All the Best To Mathews and Malinga.

  • chamil111 on October 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Congratz mathews. This is the most appreciating decision taken by sri lankan cricket board in recent past. But im so confused when heard malinga is new vice captain of the team. I can not understand what is the logic behind his new role. Choosing a vice captain is a important same as choosing a captain. Because most of time vice captain is the next captain of the team. But we cant think malinga is going to play long time. Anyway good luck.

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Malinga the vice captain. give me a break.

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Why not ODI? He has to captain atleast two formats of the game which will give him enough matches to captain SL across all formats of the game. Just like England have two captains, Sri Lanka can adopt that strategy. Mathews should be given the responsibility to lead both T20 and ODI. Meanwhile, Jayawardena can continue heading the Test team till 2014.The more the number of matches Mathews captains, the quicker he will learn the art of captaincy. Meanwhile Jayawardena can assist him in the T20 and ODI. Mathew should be given a long rope and hope he remains fit throughout the next year which confirms his availability for all the matches.

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Good luck to Angelo.This shows the start of the phasing out process of the elder statesmen in the team such as Sangakara,Jayawardne and Dilshan.

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    new begining................

  • J_kamal on October 24, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    lone choice for lanka ..hope he stands tall as mahela and sanga, he is a fighter and binds the team well , best of luck mate :)

  • suryakumar99 on October 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    surprising, but srilanka has no options. Good they have not made thiramanne as captian. It would be good joke for srilanka cricket..

  • arifzakaria811gmail.com on October 24, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Choking still wont stop .

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    yeah a good choice he has been groomed well lets see how he does..!

  • zorrotsongo on October 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    All the best Angelo and Lasith for your success in a new role. May God bless you forever.

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  • zorrotsongo on October 24, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    All the best Angelo and Lasith for your success in a new role. May God bless you forever.

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    yeah a good choice he has been groomed well lets see how he does..!

  • arifzakaria811gmail.com on October 24, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Choking still wont stop .

  • suryakumar99 on October 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    surprising, but srilanka has no options. Good they have not made thiramanne as captian. It would be good joke for srilanka cricket..

  • J_kamal on October 24, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    lone choice for lanka ..hope he stands tall as mahela and sanga, he is a fighter and binds the team well , best of luck mate :)

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    new begining................

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Good luck to Angelo.This shows the start of the phasing out process of the elder statesmen in the team such as Sangakara,Jayawardne and Dilshan.

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Why not ODI? He has to captain atleast two formats of the game which will give him enough matches to captain SL across all formats of the game. Just like England have two captains, Sri Lanka can adopt that strategy. Mathews should be given the responsibility to lead both T20 and ODI. Meanwhile, Jayawardena can continue heading the Test team till 2014.The more the number of matches Mathews captains, the quicker he will learn the art of captaincy. Meanwhile Jayawardena can assist him in the T20 and ODI. Mathew should be given a long rope and hope he remains fit throughout the next year which confirms his availability for all the matches.

  • on October 24, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Malinga the vice captain. give me a break.

  • chamil111 on October 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Congratz mathews. This is the most appreciating decision taken by sri lankan cricket board in recent past. But im so confused when heard malinga is new vice captain of the team. I can not understand what is the logic behind his new role. Choosing a vice captain is a important same as choosing a captain. Because most of time vice captain is the next captain of the team. But we cant think malinga is going to play long time. Anyway good luck.