New Delhi, Mar 29: Sri Lanka Test and ODI captain Angelo Mathews has been named as Pune Warriors India captain for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier league (IPL 6), commencing on April 3.
Allan Donald will be the head coach of the side, while Rob Walters comes on board as an assistant coach and will also double up as the fitness trainer and fielding coach of the team. Praveen Amre would continue to be the assistant coach.
However, Mathews won't be available during Warriors' away match against Chennai Super Kings as Tamil Nadu government has decided against allowing any of the Lankans to play in Chennai.
Mathews, who has been a part of the Warriors for the past two years, said it would be a great opportunity for him to gain leadership experience working with a multi-national squad.
"It's a great honour to be offered the captaincy of the Pune Warriors and I am grateful to the team management and franchise owners for the faith shown in me," said Mathews.
"For me, 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."
Welcoming the Sri Lankan as the skipper of the Pune outfit, Sushanto Roy, Managing Director of Sahara Adventure Sports Limited, said the side would be benefitted by his leadership abilities.
"We had many options of international and national cricketers to choose from within the existing squad but we chose Angelo Mathews as our captain as we are confident of his leadership abilities," said Roy.
"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 under the leadership of Mathews," he added.