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23-Apr-2014 10:24:00 GMT
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Malinga Lead Sri Lanka T20I Till 2015

Colombo: Sri Lanka's selectors have decided to appoint Lasith Malinga as the T20I captain until 2015 while they have named Angelo Mathews to lead the ODI squad until the 2015 World Cup.

In a selection meeting held on Wednesday, the selectors decided to appoint Lahiru Thirimanne as the vice-captain in both ODIs and T20s for the period specified. Malinga's captaincy during the World T20 in Bangladesh in March helped Sri Lanka win their first ICC trophy since 1996.

Malinga found himself elevated to the captaincy for the first time when Dinesh Chandimal was handed a one-match ban for a slow over-rate. When Chandimal opted to sit out for the semi-final and Malinga again led the team. In the final where Sri Lanka beat India by six wickets, Malinga led the way with some awesome death bowling as India managed to score only 19 runs in the last four overs.

Angelo Mathews, who has been full-time captain for Sri Lanka since March 2013, has had a modest record as SL captain. In 32 matches, he has won 18, lost 12 and two matches have ben no results. However, in the recently concluded series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka did not lose a single match across all three formats. Sri Lanka now prepare themselves for a tough tour to England in May where they play a single T20I, five ODIs and two Tests.

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