Angelo Mathews steps down from Sri Lanka’s captaincy

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Angelo Mathews steps down from Sri Lanka’s captaincy

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SportsCafe Desk

07/12/2017

Angelo Mathews stepped down as Sri Lanka’s captain in all three formats after the cricket team lost their ODI series to 3-2 to Zimbabwe under his captaincy. Mathew stated this series loss as one of the lowest points in his career, and one that was very hard to accept.

Angelo Mathews resigned from the post of the Sri Lanka captain on Tuesday, according to local media reports. Sikandar Raza’s all-round performance helped Zimbabwe win their first one-day international series against hosts Sri Lanka. The fifth and final match of the series was played on Monday where Zimbabwe registered a three-wicket victory.

In the ODI rankings, Zimbabwe is in 11th position and it’s the first time they have won a series against Sri Lanka, who are currently in 8th position. ESPNcricinfo reported that after the disappointing performance, the all-rounder had informed the Sri Lanka selectors of his decision to step down in all three formats of the international game.

"It's one of the lowest points in my career, and a hard one to swallow," Mathews said after the 3-2 series defeat, as quoted by Reuters."Everything went against us, from the toss to misreading the wicket. But there are no excuses. At the end of the day we were not good enough to beat them. They played better cricket."

In 2013, Mathews took the responsibility of Sri Lanka Test cricket after the resignation of Mahela Jayawardene. Mathews has led Sri Lanka in 34 Tests, 98 ODIs, and 12 T20Is. Under his leadership, Sri Lanka won 13 and lost 15 Tests, won 47 and lost 46 ODIs, and won 4 and lost 7 T20 internationals.

The Sri Lanka cricket team have faced a hard time since the 2015 World Cup and have now lost series against England, South Africa, and Australia. In the recently concluded Champions Trophy, they were knocked out in the group stage.

"We have not been consistent. The pressure is on all of us," the 30-year-old said. "The more we lose, the more pressure we are under. There is no solution for that and the only solution is winning. We try to win games, but we commit too many mistakes."

According to the schedule, India will visit Sri Lanka for three test matches, which will start from July 26. 

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