Thursday, May 2, 2013

IPL 6: Mathews steps down as Pune Warriors captain

May 3, 2013

Mathews was appointed as captain of the team at the start of the season, but Aaron Finch has been leading the side in recent games.

"I would like to confirm that I have decided to stand-aside as Pune Warriors franchise captain for the rest of the current season to ensure team leadership continuity," Mathews said in a press release on Thursday.

"It is in our best interests that the captaincy is not switched frequently as we strive to achieve the best balanced team for each different opponent. It is therefore best that Aaron continues to lead," he added.

Out of the ten matches they ve played, Pune have won just two so far and sit at the bottom of the table with just four points and a net run-rate of -1.382 (as of 3 May).

Mathews himself hasn t had a great outing. He has just 52 runs and one wicket in five matches.

"I will naturally provide my fullest support at all times to Aaron and my team-mates. I will also continue to work as hard as possible as a player as we all strive to win our remaining matches," Mathews said.

"I am thankful to the franchise for understanding my decision and for all the support received by my fellow team-mates and our fans during the past few weeks," he added.
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