Dinesh Chandimal
Dinesh Chandimal (AFP Photo)

Dinesh Chandimal has been appointed Sri Lanka ODI captain following the team’s early exit from the ongoing Asia Cup in the UAE.

He will replace Angelo Mathews whom Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has requested to relinquish the role. At the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka exited in the first round itself after humiliating defeats to Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

In a statement on Sunday, SLC said, “The national selectors on Sunday decided to appoint Dinesh Chandimal as the ODI captain to lead the team in the upcoming England series. Accordingly, they have requested Angelo Mathews to relinquish his duties as the national ODI and T20I captain, with immediate effect.”

Chandimal already leads Sri Lanka in Test cricket and has the experience captaining them in seven ODIs – winning five and losing two.

Mathews was reinstated as the limited-overs captain in January this year but disappointing results in two successive series – they lost to South Africa 2-3 in a five-ODI series at home in August – led him to be replaced by Chandimal.

Mathews, 31, was Sri Lankan ODI captain between 2013 and 2017 and resigned from the role after a home series defeat to Zimbabwe. After the appointment of new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, the allrounder was handed back the responsibility.

Chandimal’s first challenge as captain will be a five-match ODI series at home against England that starts from October 10.