March 22, 2003

Sanath Jayasuriya offers his resignation

Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has officially tendered his resignation.

Jayasuriya informed the national selectors on Saturday morning that he had offered his resignation to Johnston Fernando, the Sports Minister.

"I have tendered my resignation," said Jayasuriya. "I have given the selectors the chance to opt for a new captain with the 2007 World Cup in mind."

The selectors asked him to take more time to think over the decision during the weekend after a meeting on Saturday morning.

Johnston Fernando, the Sports Minister, also asked him to re-consider.

However, on Saturday evening, Jayasuriya handed over a formal letter of resignation to the Cricket Board.

The Cricket Board are due to make a statement on Sunday, according to Charnika Munasinghe, the media manager.

It is unclear as to whether his resignation will be accepted.

Fernando suggested afterwards that it might be rejected: "I appreciate Sanath's freedom to send in his resignation. The authorities also have the freedom to reject or accept it."

Current vice-captain Marvan Atapattu is tipped to lead the side if Jayasuriya does stand aside.

Jayasuriya was appointed captain after the sacking of Arjuna Ranatunga in 1999. He led the side to a record 10 consecutive Test victories in 2002.