Angelo Mathews has resumed Sri Lanka's limited-overs captaincy less than six months after he resigned from the position. Following a year in which Sri Lanka's ODI captaincy has been in flux, it is hoped Mathews will take the team into the 2019 World Cup, and perhaps beyond.
Dinesh Chandimal retains the Test captaincy, meanwhile, and has also reclaimed a place in the ODI squad.
The reinstatement of Mathews as captain is partly a reflection of the paucity of leadership options but is also among a raft of changes proposed by new coach Chandika Hathurusingha. Hathurusingha had worked with Mathews between 2008 and 2010, first as coach of Sri Lanka A team, and later as the shadow coach of the national team. Back then, he had been among the coaches who earmarked Mathews for a long international career.
Mathews confirmed that Hathurusingha's return to Sri Lanka as head coach helped draw him back to captaincy.