Mathews on sacking: Willing to take blame but feel ...

Mathews on sacking: Willing to take blame but feel betrayed and let down

Tags: Asia Cup 2018, Sri Lanka, Angelo Davis Mathews, Captaincy

Published on: Sep 25, 2018

Angelo Mathews has written an emotional letter saying he is willing to retire from ODIs and T20s

Angelo Mathews has written an emotional letter saying he is willing to retire from ODIs and T20s if needed as he doesn’t want to be a burden on team. He said so after being sacked as captain in wake of Asia Cup debacle.

In an emotional letter, Mathews said, “I’m willing to take part of the blame but at the same time, feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely put on me. As you know all decisions are taken through the mutual understanding with Selectors and the Head Coach.

“And though I do not agree with the reasoning that the losses should be carried single-handedly to the Captaincy, I however eagerly and wholeheartedly respect the request of the selection committee and the head coach asking me to step down and do so with immediate effect,” he added.

“I wish to put it on record that though Sri Lanka had suffered these heavy defeats in the Asia Cup, which is shocking to say the least, especially in the backdrop where we had a reasonable series against South Africa, I had no intention of quitting and running away from the issues at hand especially owing to the World Cup being a dozen games away,” he further wrote.

Sri Lanka have rotated their captains over the last two years with Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedara and Thisara Perera being tried as leaders.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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