Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga and Angelo Mathews © AFP
Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga and Angelo Mathews © AFP

The year 2017 has been nothing less than disastrous for Sri Lanka. They were whitewashed in Tests and ODIs in South Africa but received a consolation prize winning the T20I series against them. They then levelled the series against Bangladesh. However, Zimbabwe stunned them by winning the ODI series 3-2. It was then Angelo Mathews decided to step down as the captain of Sri Lanka. Soon, Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga were appointed Tests and limited-overs captain respectively. Their big challenge came against India that both the newly appointed captains could not live upto.

In the meantime, World XI toured Pakistan which was captained by Thisara Perera. He was decent with the bat while with the ball he managed to scalp 4 wickets from the first two T20Is. With Tharanga denying travelling to Pakistan for the final T20I, Perera took over the mantle. Perera became the third limited-overs captain in the year for Sri Lanka. In between, Lasith Malinga and Chamara Kapugedara too became the captains of the side but Sri Lanka found no luck under him.

However, with Chandika Hathurusingha’s appointment as the coach, Sri Lanka are finding permanent solutions to the persistent problems. Keeping in mind these issues, Sri Lanka have decided to appoint new limited-overs captain on January 9. The dice is rolling between Mathews and Chandimal.

Chandimal has led the side in absence of regular skipper. However, given a look at his recent form, Chandimal as an option comes as surprise. From the 15 ODIs he has played in 2017, Chandimal has scored 255 runs at 18.21. He managed to score just a fifty in the previous year. On the other hand, Mathews had decided he would not take over captaincy role again after stepping down as the captain. Apart from resigning as the captain, he is also battling out with injuries.

SLC President Thilanga Sumanthipala gave a further gist on the new appointment, “The Chairman of selectors has informed me that they are considering appointing either Angelo Mathews or Dinesh Chandimal to fill the role.”

The decision will be taken before Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the tri-series from January 15.