Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that the board should have persuaded Angelo Mathews to continue as the skipper when he opted to step down following a humiliating home series defeat against Zimbabwe in last month.
Mathews, who returned home from the tour of South Africa with a hamstring injury in January this year, missed the home series against Bangladesh, but captained the team in Champions Trophy, where Sri Lanka were knocked out in the first round. Then Sri Lanka suffered their first-ever bilateral series defeat to Zimbabwe, less than 48 hours after which Mathews relinquished captaincy.
“Mathews is the best captain I have seen after Ranjan Madugalle. When he said that he wanted to quit, SLC should have told him to hang in there without throwing the towel in. If I had any say, I would have told him that this is not the time to quit,” Ranatunga told Cricbuzz.
“When Sri Lanka whitewashed number one ranked Australia in the Test series last year, there were lot of people to take credit, but sadly when he lost he was made the scapegoat and all the blame was on him,” noted Ranatunga. “Mathews was a very positive captain, but due to constant changes and lots of chopping and changing he started becoming negative because he lost the confidence.”