Prime News, International Sports, Colombo, July 12:- Right handed batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been named as the 15th Captain for the Sri Lankan Cricket team in the Tests after Angelo Mathews stepped down following their series defeat against Zimbabwe.
Upul Tharanga will don the role of captain for the One Day International and T20 format.
27-year-old Chandimal had served as vice-captain and led the T20 team in the past, while Tharanga led the ODI team in Mathews absence.
Delighted over his promotion, Chandimal said, “Firstly, I would like to thank ‘Anji’ (Mathews). It’s not an easy job as a captain in any team so Anji, you have done a great job the last four, five years.”
“I am really honoured to captain the Test side. Thanks to the SLC and the selectors who are trusting me as Test captain. We have lots of ups and downs the last two years but they have really good players, good youngsters and senior players too. I’m going to put my heart and soul in for the future to get us in the right position,” cricket.com.cu quoted Chandimal, as saying.
Chandimal was dropped for the five-match series against Zimbabwe after a below-par Champions Trophy campaign. He was Sri Lanka’s leading run-scorer in ODI cricket last year.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)