Sri Lanka allrounder Angelo Mathews has been named the skipper of Pune Warriors India for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mathews who has been with Pune Warriors for past two years, is the captain of Sri Lanka national team for ODI and Tests and brings with him a rich experience of having played International cricket and also captaining an International side.
Pune Warriors also announced Allan Donald as the head coach of the team while Rob Walters will be the fitness trainer and fielding coach. Praveen Amre will continue to be the assistant coach.
Managing Director of Sahara Adventure Sports Limited Sushanto Roy said on Thursday the decision to appoint Mathews skipper was "unanimous" and taken by senior players and team management.
"We had many options of international and national cricketers to choose from within the existing squad but we chose Mathews as our captain as we are confident of his leadership abilities. All the senior players in the team are happy with the choice and it is a joint decision taken by the senior players and team management. We now have a correct mix of youth and experience to launch an aggressive IPL Season 6 campaign," Roy said through a press statement.
Mathews said, "It's a great honour to be offered the captaincy and I am grateful to the team management and franchise owners for the faith shown in me."
"For me personally this is a great chance to gain leadership experience working with a multi-national squad and a very exciting opportunity given the enormous talent within our young squad," he added.