Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews relinquishes captaincy from all three formats

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 11, 2017

Zimbabwe notched their first win overseas in eight years after claiming the ODI series against Sri Lanka 3-2, embarrassing a home side that has struggled with fitness, losses and coaching upheaval. Sri Lanka's campaigns in the 2015 World Cup, the 2016 World T20 and the 2017 Champions Trophy were disappointing, and even in the Test format, they suffered two 0-2 whitewashes in New Zealand, and a 0-3 result in South Africa.

"Sri Lankan cricket has reached its lowest point and it could well be the point of no return". But there are no excuses.

Sri Lanka's cricket board elevated fielding coach Nic Pothas for the series while they searched for a replacement for Ford.

With his departure, Sri Lanka have little time to look for a captain.

"We will shortly be making the title sponsor announcement for the India series along with the central on-ground partners of the series", ITW Consulting co-founder Bhairav Shanth said. According to reports, the likes of Dinesh Chandimal or Upul Tharanga could lead the side. Later in the month, they will face their neighbours India who will tour to the island nation for three Tests, 5 ODIs and one-off T20.

Sri Lanka are due to name a successor to Mathews - in the Test format at least - early on Wednesday. Sri Lanka, who are in eighth spot, have lost points and this will give West Indies, who are now in ninth spot, some relief.

Mathews took over in 2013 when Mahela Jayawardene handed over the reigns. The injuries have usually come when Mathews has had a high bowling workload, which he has attempted to carefully manage during his captaincy. Last year, Sri Lanka had also whitewashed Australia - a side they had won only one Test against previously.

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