Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mahela Jayawardene to Quit as Sri Lanka Captain after Pakistan Series

Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he would step down as Sri Lanka captain after the upcoming test series against Pakistan. On Wednesday, he revealed his decision to Sri Lankan selectors before informing his teammates. The decision to quit captaincy came following Sri Lanka’s 1-4 ODI series defeat at the hands of Indian team.

Jayawardene thinks that Sri Lankan cricket needs new leadership and he believes that new captain needs at least 18 months to prepare for the 2011 world cup. It has been reported that Sri Lanka Cricket has accepted his decision and would name a new captain after the Pakistan series. Wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakara is expected to be the new captain.

Jayawardene led Sri Lanka in 26 test matches in which Sri Lanka won 15, lost 7 and drew 4. In ODI, Jayawardene led Sri Lanka in 94 matches, winning 54 and losing 35 matches. Under his captaincy, Sri Lanka reached the final of 2007 world cup, and improved their test record in abroad as they drew test series in England, New Zealand and West Indies.


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