Angelo Mathews has been Sri Lanka's T20 captain-in-waiting for some time now. © AFP

Angelo Mathews was appointed captain of the Sri Lankan Twenty20 International team for the next one year, a Sri Lanka Cricket statement said on Wednesday (October 24).

Mathews, who was Sri Lanka’s vice-captain in all three formats of the game, will take over the T20I captaincy from Mahela Jayawardene, who stepped down after Sri Lanka’s loss to West Indies in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2012. Jayawardene, however, confirmed his availability for T20Is if his services were required.

Lasith Malinga was named as Mathews’s deputy.

“We are giving Mathews a free hand to captain the T20 side for one year after which we will review his performance,” said Ashantha de Mel, the chief selector.

Mathews’ first assignment will be the one-off T20I against New Zealand at Pallekele on October 30.

Mathews, 25, has been a regular member of the Sri Lankan squad since making his international debut in 2008. He has played in 35 T20Is, scoring 414 runs and taking 21 wickets at an economy rate of 6.63.