Chandimal appointed Sri Lanka Test captain

Sri Lanka

Dinesh Chandimal has been named as Sri Lanka’s Test captain following the resignation of Angelo Mathews while Upul Tharanga will lead the team in ODIs and T20Is.

Mathews quit the captaincy, across all formats, after Sri Lanka lost an ODI series at home against Zimbabwe on Monday – the former skipper describing the 3-2 series result as “one of the lowest points in his career.”

The 27-year-old Chandimal, who had been vice-captain of the Test side under Mathews and has also led Sri Lanka in limited-overs cricket, said he hoped to have the former skipper around as a player for a while.

A right-handed batsman, Chandimal first task as captain will be to lead Sri Lanka in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe starting in Colombo on Friday.

Chandimal said: “I’m very thankful to the job that Angie [Mathews] has done for us.

“Captaincy is not an easy job. He’s a match-winner for us, and I have huge hopes that he will continue to be one in the coming years as well.”

Tharanga has captained Sri Lanka recently in ODIs and T20Is when Mathews has been injured.