Should not use Matthew captaincy in 2014 as justification for ignoring his failures this year. In 2014 although Matthews may have been the "captain", everybody knows that it was Sanga and Mahela who made most decisions on the field. Without this guidance Matthews is struggling big time. It can be argued that the seniors had alot more experience and that Matthews is still learning but then it is his mindset that is the issue not his experience. More attacking captains such as Chandimal should be considered.
His captaincy in 2014 made SL to wait until 90th over for victory. Everyone is talking about only series win he had 2 years back. Do I need to point out what we lost under his captaincy?
To be honest i wouldnt actually want him in the team. Yes. He had a good 50 the other day but we shouldnt go back to old players. I hope maharoof, tharanga and randiv are only temporary because having them is not going to help bring some new talent to the squad.
Dhananjaya de silva
I hope to see this sort of squad in the future. We should also look for more fast bowlers, preferably left arm seamers to replace Prasad. Malinga doesnt seem like he is coming back anytime soon, even if he does i think his time is up. If there is a batting friendly pitch then either Milinda Siriwardana or Thisara Perera can reppace one of the bottom three players depending on whether we need an extra spin attack or seam attack.
Amila the examples you provide are insignificant compared to the times he has won matches for us single handedly. There is another idiot on Cricinfo who also keeps bringing up a handful of examples but ignore the many times his captaincy and brilliance has won us matches! Keep track of the victories too.
Sanga and Mahela is no longer an excuse not to perform. This isn't the first tour that we suffered due to wrong and negative decision making. It started with long time a go. Pakistan was able to win their last match from nowhere due to negative approach. Then again in New Zealand. Now in here in England. Good captain would make 256 competitive total by his tactics and attacking field placing. Sure we lacked the penetration with depleted bowling attack but should not have like this. Also he plays a huge role in selecting players. It was wrong to drop Milinda. Selecting Prasanna over proper wicket taking option. Shankas' omission from the last match. He failed only once and he got kicked out. Randive is an orthodox bowler. Without variation no way he can get wickets. From few months our team may look like this.. Dilshan, Kusal, Thirmanna, Chandimal, Mathews, Thissara, Kulasekara, Lakmal, Prasanna, Senanayake, Maharoof. Selectors and captain wants proven failures in the team rather than new upcoming talents.
@Jeewantha, The case with SA and NZ are different the contenders had established heir place in the line-up and also they had potentially good set of established players in the team. If you want more examples AUS giving it to Allan Border after repeatedly loosing to WI..... all those cases are different. Do we want a repeat of 2014 WT20 where the appointed captain had to step down coz he could not find place in the team. It is case of continuous bad management by SLC that has brought us here so pleas don't blame/name-call Mathews for the sins of SLC.
@LM Sri lankan team selection for the game has loads of strings attached. As Sanga has said captaining the SL team is one of the hardest jobs!..... So don't just jump to conclusions without considering all the facts! How come Thisara gets IPL contracts every year ?
No evidence because no one is willing to come forward and and get intimidated..... what a pathetic situation.... it more pathetic than Sri Lanka loosing to ENG in the 2nd ODI.!!! Would like to know the names of the pathetic committee that did the investigation.... Why our media can't report that information to enable name and shame!
Mathews is the worst captain that SL has ever had. His negative captaincy is one of the main factors for SL's bad performance. Anyone(mentioned in the poll) can do a much better work than Mathews. If Mathews continues to captain the side, SL will go further down.
Captaincy should be given to Chandimal. Mathews is the best player in SL side. But he is the worst one to be the captain.
Anyone is more suitable