Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Angelo Mathews has written to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board urging not to make him the scapegoat of the recent Asia Cup debacle.
Mathews was sacked as Sir Lanka captain with Dinesh Chandimal replacing him for the upcoming series with England.
The Sri Lankan cricket board had asked Mathews to step down following their humiliating exit from the Asia Cup.
They finished bottom of their group after defeats to Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
“The national selectors… have requested Mathews to relinquish his duties as captain with immediate effect,” the board said in a statement.
Mathews writing to the Ashley De Silva CEO Sri Lanka cricket, proclaimed his displeasure of having being made to feel he was the “scapegoat in this entire saga of Sri Lanka’s dismal performances against Bangladesh and Afghanistan”.
While Mathews wrote he was willing to part of the blame, he insisted all decisions were made by mutual understanding between the coach and selectors. He also said he felt he was let down and betrayed if the sole blame was put on him.
Mathews continued insisting his availability to play for the national side if he was deemed necessary, although hinted at retirement if not selected for the shorter formats, pointing that his performance in recent series against South Africa was ‘adequate’ to hold his place in the team.
Read his letter here: