Mathews to captain Sri Lanka T20 side
All-rounder Angelo Mathews was named Sri Lanka Twenty20 captain yesterday for the next 12 months in an appointment that could eventually lead to him taking over as leader of the Test side.
Mathews, 25, the Sri Lanka vice-captain in all three formats of the game, succeeds Mahela Jayawardene, who resigned as T20 captain after his side lost the World T20 final to West Indies earlier this month.
"We are giving Mathews a free hand to captain the T20 side for one year, after which we will review his performance," said chief selector Ashantha de Mel.
Sri Lanka may also have to find a new Test and One Day International skipper early next year, with Jayawardene set to reassess his captaincy after Sri Lanka's upcoming series with Australia.
Mathews' first assignment will be to lead Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 international against New Zealand at Pallekele on October 30. Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named T20 vice-captain, also for a one-year term.