Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has decided to step down from his role following his team's dismal performance against Zimbabwe.
Terming the defeat to Zimbabwe as “one of the lowest points” of his career, Mathews had said that he will discuss the captaincy with Sri Lanka Cricket board later but he announced his resignation on Tuesday only.
Sri Lanka also failed to beat Bangladesh at home with both the ODI series and Test series ending in a drawn result and the 2-3 series defeat to Zimbabwe recently was described as "lowest points of his career" by Mathews.
"Everything went against us, from the toss to misreading the wicket. But there are no excuses. At the end of the day we were not good enough to beat them. They played better cricket."
Even in the Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka were knocked out in the group stage losing two out of the three games they played.
Also injuries hampered his progress as an all-rounder as a hamstring injury prevented him to be part of the ODI series in South Africa and also forced him to miss the home series against Bangladesh. Even though, he returned back to action during the Champions Trophy, he was unable to bowl that severely affected the balance of the side.
With the top eight teams in ICC ODI rankings before the cut-off date of 30th September set to gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, Sri Lanka, who are at eighth will have to battle with the ninth positioned West Indies for the final berth.