Do you still back Mathews's captaincy after his countinued failures over the last 2 years?

54% (70 votes)
No, he should be sacked
46% (60 votes)
Total votes: 130


Cricket StatsGuru's picture
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Jeewantha please stop blaming Mathews every time. This losses are not due to his captaincy. Then did Chandimal did well when he given the captaincy?

Chandimal even can't score runs where Mathews can score runs when holding the captaincy. Another example when Eng 81/6 in 1st ODI mathews left the field due to injury and Chandimal took over the captaincy. Where did the match end???? Has SL won the match due to Chandimal captaincy????

This is due to lack of proper quality players coming from SL domestic circuit compared to other countries and the players don't take opportunities.

And pursuing all the tried and tested players who will always be failures like Seekuge Prassana, Maharoof, Ajantha Mendis, Dimuth Karunarathna

And also run outs happen. Can captain control the run outs happening in our team.

Please understand and stop blaming Mathews captaincy always !!!!!

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@Cricket StatsGuru

That game had already started drifting away from us when Mathews left the field so you can't judge another person who took over at that time. Mathews is being judged on his years of captaincy and people here are judging Chandimal on less than half a match!

I agree that Chandimal might not be able to manage captaincy with batting responsibilities (Mathews does this extremely well), like when he used to captain the T20 side. Then again, T20 is definitely not his format and he was given the captaincy when he was a baby so, we haven't got a good sample from the right format to say that Chandimal will do worse than Mathews. Like we have with Mathews, we might need to give Chandimal the captaincy for three plus years and the benefit of former captains' input and then judge him :V

However, feel sorry for Mathews when fielders drop catches and batsmen throw their wickets away; they are not helping him :(

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He's got a couple of home series next to show improvement.

You can't expect miracles but the captain has got to get basic strategies right.

Hope Angelo, Ford and selectors etc put their heads together and start planning from when they arrive home. There's not much time till next series starts

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He was appointed captain only untill this tour after the WC so there is a space for a change thats why I post this.
I agree with statsguru I've bit overblamed his captaincy as I firmly belive his negativity [which hurts the team more than his field settings/bowling changes/selections] is the main reason behind the decable.A one with some positivity who can motivate the guys could well make a difference.

Yes Chandimal failed in that game but you can't be granted Mathews could have won either as he had failed plenty of times from those kind of situation.

With quality players(sanga mahela kule malinga herath) in he hardly won anything other than that Asia cup and England series.Almost got beaten by Afganisthan @ the WC (though Malinga was injured/kula out of form)

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y do ppl complaining abt Anji's captaincy? i wonder what would former lankan captain's sanath, marvan and co look like if they didnt have the likes of aravinda, murali, vaas etc during their days. stop blaming Anji for all mistakes the team is making. ppl at SLC including the selectors has take the blame as they have made many blunders over the years that has brought down our cricket. for example, some of the selections during this tour is puzzling and has no logic to back them. Sanath as a batsman was very vulnerable and impatient and that is evident even through his selections. most new layers in the team are due to previous selection team. stop this kind of polls and come up with polls that talks about the problem in our cricket from administration to selection.

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@Cricket StatsGuru- Dude please calm your self a bit. Mathews himself cant do miracles to save SL cricket, he is not GOD, it's true Mathews captaincy has some issues but captain himself never win matches anywhere in the world.

MS Dhoni (the best Indian captain ever) with no1 T20/ODI squad in hand was never able to reach 2015 ODI world cup finals and 2016 T20 world cup finals, does that mean he is a bad captain?

Do you think Australia become no 1 in Test because of Steve Smith's captaincy? he may have some influence but major part is his team performing in every part of the game, batting bowling fielding or any bits and pieces of the game, if Angelo captain the Aussi team they would still win matches..

Alastair Cook is not a good captain what so ever but nobody notice it because the team perform better than the captain.

According to the stats Sanath Jayasooriya holds the best captaining figures in SL cricket history. Do you think it's because Sanath is a good captain? I think during Santh time we had the best balance team in cricketing history with Sanath,Mavan,Mahela,Sanga,Aravinda,Vaas,Murali etc and not because his captaincy

And Chandimal- You cant judge the guy by just 20 overs in match, he was the acting captain not the captain of the SL team, most of the decision and plans were directed by Mathews from the dressing room, the best example was allowing Dhanushka Gunathilaka to ball after 12th man carries the message from the dressing room. Acting captain do not usually change the tactics of the captains. If you blame Chandimal for just 20 overs do you give credit to him for taking SL T20 the worlds no 1 rank during his captaincy? He has captaining 2 ODI matches and both of the matches won by SL. Dude, you cant judge Chandimal's captaincy by just 20 overs or so, he need to first gain the confidence and make him believe that he is well establish in the team, then only you can appoint him as the captain and look at his tactics. I personally believe he will be a better captain one day, dont forget he holds the records for best school captain in SL cricket history having won 13 consecutive matches.

All in all, this team have a long way to go and I think they will make the best SL cricket team in history ever, it's just all 3 departments need to click together and we will be there, the fans like you and me needs to be little bit more patient and have some faith on the guys

(Last edited by cricexp on July 7, 2016 - 01:07)

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