Colombo - Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced Angelo Mathews
would return as skipper for limited-overs cricket ahead of the 2019 World Cup,
just six months after the all-rounder stepped down from the post.
The move comes as a surprise after Mathews, 30, quit last
July as captain in all three formats of the game following repeated bouts of
Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala said the
board asked Mathews to reconsider following close consultations with new coach
Chandika Hathurusingha and team selectors.
Mathews said he took a few days to decide before accepting
the captaincy of Sri Lanka's one-day and Twenty20 teams.
"It is a national duty, and we need stability moving
into a World Cup in 18 months," said Mathews.
Dinesh Chandimal remains Sri Lanka's Test captain.
Sumathipala said Mathews was expected to prepare the squad
ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales in 2019.
The returning captain will face his first test this month
when Sri Lanka travel to Bangladesh for a tri-nation ODI tournament.
The allrounder bore the brunt of criticism after Sri Lanka's
embarrassing loss to lowly-ranked Zimbabwe in a home Test series last year.
Mathews at the time described the shock defeat to Zimbabwe
as the lowest point in his career and a "hard pill to swallow".
Sri Lanka's 16-member squad for the tri-nation series:
Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan and Wanidu Hasaranga.