Mathews steps aside as Pune captain

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Angelo Mathews has stepped down as Pune Warriors captain. The out-of-form Sri Lankan has admitted that he was relinquishing his position because his spot in the playing was uncertain.

In a statement, Mathews said: "I would like to confirm that I have decided to stand-aside as Pune Warriors franchise captain for the rest of the current season to ensure team leadership continuity.

"It is in our best interests that the captaincy is not switched frequently as we strive to achieve the best balanced team for each different opponent. Given that Aaron (Finch) is likely to play in all our remaining games then it is logical that he continues to be our captain."

Pune have had three captains this season. When Mathews dropped himself, Ross Taylor took over. But it is Finch who has been leading the side. Finch (281 runs at an average of 35.12 in eight matches) is the best Pune batsman in IPL 6.

Interestingly, Mathews was named skipper of Sri Lanka's ODI squad for the Champions Trophy next month. (Source: NDTV Sports)

  Comments - 15

  • Huna Thursday, 02 May 2013 07:03 PM

    he should have stayed at home with Chandimal and work on his batting

    DHA Thursday, 02 May 2013 07:07 PM

    Mathews never should have gone for IPL he was a very good capt till then....Not to worry Mathews you have a talented bunch to lead when you return home and we have faith in your leadership.......

    clueless Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:31 PM

    Give up IPL and concentrate on your national duties.

    sunilnarayan Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:42 PM

    right man on wrong team @

    Ans UK Thursday, 02 May 2013 10:04 PM

    did he step down or was he forced to??

    Spitfire Thursday, 02 May 2013 02:44 PM

    I feel sorry for the poor lad. He is undergoing a learning curve, which is effecting his performance. I apportion a part of the blame to that vile woman Jayalalitha. Good luck my son.

    MayIwin Silva Friday, 03 May 2013 12:40 AM

    All cricketers have his good and bad period. This is cricket. A professional cricketer specially a captain should be able to play at any circumstances under pressure Why don't you step down from Sri Lanka team as well and give another up and coming youngster the golden opportunity?

    HK Thursday, 02 May 2013 03:10 PM

    All coz of yuvi...

    KADMIN Friday, 03 May 2013 12:54 AM

    If he had stayed home and do the homework, instead of IPL, he would have focused on his techniques more. This is only a blunder, hope he will realise and rectify it.

    Alfred seneviratne Friday, 03 May 2013 12:58 AM

    He came out GOOD in the last match.He is more aggresive than Fintch.He should be brought back as captain.

    weha Thursday, 02 May 2013 03:19 PM

    Quiter?

    kondebendapucheena Thursday, 02 May 2013 03:24 PM

    what a disaster for him,after all he is our national team captain

    Mohd Saturday, 04 May 2013 06:52 AM

    AM is a potential cricketer but yet to play the matured cricket; like Mahela and Sanga!!! Hope; he will pick it up soon and best wishes to him ...

    Srilankan Thursday, 02 May 2013 05:50 PM

    What a good alrounder. He is going through a bad patch. I am certain he will perform well at the Champions trophy in UK. He has done well in England in the past. Good luck to him.

    Sadarana Thursday, 02 May 2013 05:53 PM

    To be honest I have read many comments on "cricinfo" and I wonder if its that angelo was really "out of form" OR that he was under a lot of "pressure" as captain and the only way out for him to be back in the team was to give up his captancy. Wonder what part Allan Donald played as if you see certain players like yuvaraj and dinds despte performig below the standered continue to play. FOOD FOR THOUGHT


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