“I was told to lead the team in the World Cup. How can I say no? I can't let the team and country down. I will take this as a positive as I know they have trust in me. I will try my best to do whatever is possible to get to the top with the team I have," said Mathews at the pre-tournament media conference here.

The 28-year-old Test captain maintained that the change at the helm will not affect the team as the players are focused.

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"It's unfortunate that Malinga is not fit as yet, so we had to take that call, but he's a very important person in our team. So we kept him in the squad hoping he would be fit to play our first game (on March 17). We want him to rest and recover properly,” said Sri Lankan skipper.

"After he resigned as captain I was asked to take over. We are not very disturbed as the administrators know what needs to be done. As cricketers it's important for us to focus on this tournament. We are not really worried about what's happening outside," Mathews added.

Sri Lanka will be defending the title that it won by beating India in the final two years ago in Bangladesh.

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