Thilanga holds urgent discussion with Mathews

Sri Lanka cricket captain Angelo Mathews engaged in a lengthy discussion with the President of Sri Lanka Cricket Thilanga Sumathipala this afternoon.

During the discussion, the captain affirmed his team’s commitment to re-strategize for the upcoming T20 and ODI in South Africa, the Sri Lanka cricket board said.

The President convened this emergency meeting at the Sri Lanka Cricket Head Quarters with the participation of Vice-Presidents Jayantha Dharmadasa and K. Mathivanan along with Chairman of Selectors Committee Sanath Jayasuriya, Coach Graham Ford with Captain Angelo Mathews and Team Manager Ranjith Fernando.

Chairman of the Cricket Committee Aravinda de Silva, Secretary to the Board Mohan de Silva and High
Performance Manager Simon Willis were also present during the discussion.

“Angelo is confident of bouncing back and winning the tournament,” the President of the cricket board said following the meeting.

“We believe that if you are afraid of losing, you can never have a winning team.”

While accepting and agreeing the team slip-ups and challenges faced during the recent test series, Angelo Mathews remained confident regarding the white-ball challenge asserting that the team will give their best to secure a win for the country.

The meeting according to officials of SLC, helped boost the morale of the team after having been defeated by the South Africans on foreign soil.

The cricket board said that Sri Lanka has generally struggled to cope with the pace and seam of South Africa’s pitches, but they now have another opportunity to make a fresh beginning with a young team.

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