Sri Lanka Test and ODI skipper Angelo Mathews has been named to lead the Pune Warriors India IPL franchise in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier league, commencing on April 3.
Allan Donald will be the head coach of the side while Rob Walters comes on board as assistant coach and will be the fitness trainer and fielding coach of the team.
Mathews, who has been a part of the Warriors as a player for the past two years, said it would be a great opportunity for him to gain leadership experience working with a multi-national squad.
However Mathews won't be available during Pune Warriors' away match against Chennai Super Kings as the Tamil Nadu government has decided against allowing any of the Lankan players take part in IPL games in Chennai.
Praveen Amre meanwhile, will continue to be the assistant coach.
"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.
"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," said Mathews.
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.