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Angelo Mathews was stripped of the captaincy following Sri Lanka's early exit from the Asia Cup, with defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Afghanistan securing their fate
Sri Lanka's former captain Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews has claimed he has been made a scapegoat by Sri Lanka Cricket after he was fired as captain of the country's limited-overs team.
Mathews was stripped of the captaincy following Sri Lanka's early exit from the Asia Cup, with defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Afghanistan securing their fate.
He will no longer skipper the side in T20 cricket, either. Dinesh Chandimal has been named as the new all-formats captain.
In a letter to SLC's chief executive, Ashley de Silva, Mathews complained that he had been "betrayed" and that he was being lumbered with the whole responsibility for his country's weak showing at the continent's showpiece tournament.
"Though I was initially surprised, it was immediately felt that I have been made the scapegoat in this entire saga of Sri Lanka's dismal performances against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup," part of the letter, released in full by ESPNcricinfo, read.
Mathews was stripped of the captaincy after his side's Asia Cup exit
"I'm willing to take part of the blame but at the same time, feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely put on me."
Mathews suggested that he should now retire from all formats of international cricket, writing: "As an obligation of a player I will keep working hard in all aspects of the game and will be available to represent Sri Lanka at any given time with my fullest.
"I also believe that if the selectors and coach are of the view that I am unfit to play ODI and T20 cricket and thus not entitled for my place in the team, I would also consider retiring from the ODI and T20 formats as I never want to be a burden to the team.
"I have played the game true to my conscience and have given my best at all times and have felt that I am fit enough to play the formats and also have performed adequately over a period of time to hold my place in the team."
Mathews has taken charge of 106 games as Sri Lanka's ODI captain since 2012, winning 49 and losing 51.