Matthews will be Twenty20 captain for the next year
Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews has been named as the new Twenty20 captain after batsman Mahela Jayawardene stepped down at the end of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Mathews will remain as captain for the next year, and is set to lead his squad against New Zealand in a one-off Twenty20 International at Pallekele on October 30.
Sri Lanka chief selector Ashantha de Mel said: “We are giving Mathews a free hand to captain the T20 side for one year, after which we will review his performance.”
Mathews has been the Twenty20 vice-captain since July last year, and was the most suitable candidate to take over after Jayawardene announced his resignation.
With Mathews in control of the Twenty20 squad now, many cricket pundits believe it is only a matter of time before he takes over as captain of the ODI and Test teams as well.
Mathews chance to become captain of the ODI and Test squads may come sooner than he expected since Jayawardene also revealed that he would be evaluating his role as captain at the end of the Australia series in February.
Jayawardene took over as captain from opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan in January and is expected to lead the team until the selectors can find a younger player suitable enough to replace him.
Pace bowler Lasith Malinga has been named as the vice-captain of the Twenty20 squad on a one year basis as well.
After their one-off Twenty20 against New Zealand, Sri Lanka will also play two Test matches and five ODIs against the Black Caps.