The 31-year-old all-rounder has threatened to retire from the 2 shorter codecs of the sport after being dumped on Sunday as captain of Sri Lanka’s one-day global and Twenty20 groups.
“I’ve been made the scapegoat on this whole saga of Sri Lanka’s dismal efficiency towards Bangladesh and Afghanistan within the Asia Cup,” Mathews mentioned in a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket.
The board mentioned it requested Mathews to step down and make allowance Dinesh Chandimal to guide Sri Lanka all through England’s excursion which starts subsequent month.
“The nationwide selectors… have asked Mathews to relinquish his tasks as captain with quick impact,” the board mentioned in a observation. It didn’t elaborate on why Mathews used to be sacked.
However it follows Sri Lanka’s drubbing within the Asia Cup, with losses to lower-ranked Afghanistan and Bangladesh making sure the island country’s fast go out from the contest.
Sri Lanka had been thumped via 137 runs towards Bangladesh of their opening fit of the event, and feature now misplaced 30 in their 40 suits since January 2017.
Chandimal, who used to be already captain of Sri Lanka’s Check facet, now takes the reins in all 3 codecs of the sport.
Sri Lanka will face England in 5 one-day internationals, one Twenty20 and 3 Check suits from October 10.