Sri Lanka news April 5, 2011

Sangakkara steps down as ODI and T20 captain

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Kumar Sangakkara has stepped down as captain of Sri Lanka's ODI and T20 teams but has offered to continue as the Test captain on an interim basis for the forthcoming series against England and Australia "if this is considered helpful for the new captain". He will continue as a player in all formats of the game.

His decision, revealed on Tuesday, comes days after he led Sri Lanka to the World Cup final. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews are among those tipped to take charge of the limited-overs' sides, while Thilan Samaraweera is being discussed as an option to lead the Test team.

Sangakkara was the third highest scorer in the 2011 World Cup and scored 48 in their defeat to India in the final.

"I would like to announce that after careful consideration I have concluded that it is in the best long-term interests of the team that I step down now as national captain so that a new leader can be properly groomed for the 2015 World Cup in Australia", a statement from Sangakkara said.

"This was a decision I made prior to the 2011 World Cup. I will be 37 by the next World Cup and I cannot therefore be sure of my place in the team. It is better that Sri Lanka is led now by a player who will be at the peak of their career during that tournament.

"It has been a true honour and a great privilege to serve my country as captain during the past two years and, although bitterly disappointed that we could not win the final, I am very proud of the performances of the team.

"I met with the selectors on Monday and I explained my reasons for my decision and I assured them of my fullest support in helping our new captain settle into the leadership.

"In this regard, I have offered to continue as the Test captain for the forthcoming series with England and possibly Australia if the selectors believe this would help the new captain and aid the transition.

"I have no plans of retirement from international cricket at this stage and subject to form and fitness I would like to be considered for selection in all three formats of the game for the foreseeable future. "

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  • on April 8, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Hets off man the great Ambassador of our country. he is not only the good captain but also good leader like arjuna who stand for his men. we have to get some of 8 years to get top in wc after aravinda,arjuna and some players retirement in 2000's. we have to work and and find new telents like murali,malinga ,sanga.mahela. fast of 5 years we able to find and bring only mathiwes. theirs much work to do in future..... country needs good brains and good cricketers who loves our country to manage Bord of cricket in sri lanka.what i consider that sanga should remain as caption another 2 years to keep mathiwes as vice caption. we have to play different cricket in next WC at auss. lets find shoutable players for that condition.i hope now we have to think about 20 20 WC and become 1st place in test. we can do that. everything will be fine if with out political interfere.

  • on April 8, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Gutted after the final and this news comes as a real shocker to all cricket lovers.Mahela and Sanga has been great Ambassadors for SL cricket and great examples for all young players who wants to come up in the ranks and take our national pride further.Dilshan will not fit and to justify Sangas decision it should go to Mathews who looks more promising.hats off to both of u guys and we all wanted to see tons and tons of runs.

  • on April 8, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Did we put too much pressure on Sanga. It's not easy to find a right person at the moment. But we will see. A kind of dissapointed.

  • courierpost on April 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    God Bless you boys, Sanga you are immortal

  • Faisal_Arab on April 7, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Assalam o Alaikum to all Well he is a genius. I don't have words to praise him (probably my english is not too good as well) I am a Pakistani but I love Srilankan cricket to an extreme extent, they have been great since 1996. I have been so emotional about Srilanka that I follow each and every match they play and against Pakistan I used to support Srilanka so madly and emotionaly that even the Srilankans can not afford to do that. Specially in the late 90's and early 2000's I was so mad and fierce about cricket. May Allah give the Srilankan Cricket heights they really deserve.

  • priyaviraj on April 7, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    I don't think this is a wise decision form Sanga. He got lot to offer to the sri lankan team and should carry on for another couple of year. Then pass it to Mathews.

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    good decision -- always quit when you have handful of chips :)

  • popcorn on April 6, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    I think there is more to it than meets the eye. Could it be that Kumar Sangakara, Mahela Jayawardene and Aravinda DSilva, WERE FORCED to make 3 unnecessary changes from the winning combination that consistently demolished the other Teams? Sangakara's post toss sppech and glum face said it all .It's not like him to sound defeatist even wefore the match started.

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    I salute to my great team players. Sanga, Mahela and rest of the team mates were played so well. I'm so disappointed when Sanga resigned from captaincy. well even we did not win the world cup, but they tried their best. I hope we will win next world cup with team spirit. Sanga tried to give his captaincy to youngsters to motivate our team. the best example of matured cricketer is Sanga ever. Mahela too. Respect our team and our players. HATS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    His thinking is fantastic. it is good senior step down allowing youngsters chance. New faces bring light to the game. veterans how much they play well should step down gradually, Sanga is example. it is very nice attitude. Sri lanka may face challenges but this is the right way.New faces should emerge. I am sure we have people as always the case was for last 2 decades.

  • on April 8, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Hets off man the great Ambassador of our country. he is not only the good captain but also good leader like arjuna who stand for his men. we have to get some of 8 years to get top in wc after aravinda,arjuna and some players retirement in 2000's. we have to work and and find new telents like murali,malinga ,sanga.mahela. fast of 5 years we able to find and bring only mathiwes. theirs much work to do in future..... country needs good brains and good cricketers who loves our country to manage Bord of cricket in sri lanka.what i consider that sanga should remain as caption another 2 years to keep mathiwes as vice caption. we have to play different cricket in next WC at auss. lets find shoutable players for that condition.i hope now we have to think about 20 20 WC and become 1st place in test. we can do that. everything will be fine if with out political interfere.

  • on April 8, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Gutted after the final and this news comes as a real shocker to all cricket lovers.Mahela and Sanga has been great Ambassadors for SL cricket and great examples for all young players who wants to come up in the ranks and take our national pride further.Dilshan will not fit and to justify Sangas decision it should go to Mathews who looks more promising.hats off to both of u guys and we all wanted to see tons and tons of runs.

  • on April 8, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Did we put too much pressure on Sanga. It's not easy to find a right person at the moment. But we will see. A kind of dissapointed.

  • courierpost on April 7, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    God Bless you boys, Sanga you are immortal

  • Faisal_Arab on April 7, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Assalam o Alaikum to all Well he is a genius. I don't have words to praise him (probably my english is not too good as well) I am a Pakistani but I love Srilankan cricket to an extreme extent, they have been great since 1996. I have been so emotional about Srilanka that I follow each and every match they play and against Pakistan I used to support Srilanka so madly and emotionaly that even the Srilankans can not afford to do that. Specially in the late 90's and early 2000's I was so mad and fierce about cricket. May Allah give the Srilankan Cricket heights they really deserve.

  • priyaviraj on April 7, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    I don't think this is a wise decision form Sanga. He got lot to offer to the sri lankan team and should carry on for another couple of year. Then pass it to Mathews.

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    good decision -- always quit when you have handful of chips :)

  • popcorn on April 6, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    I think there is more to it than meets the eye. Could it be that Kumar Sangakara, Mahela Jayawardene and Aravinda DSilva, WERE FORCED to make 3 unnecessary changes from the winning combination that consistently demolished the other Teams? Sangakara's post toss sppech and glum face said it all .It's not like him to sound defeatist even wefore the match started.

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    I salute to my great team players. Sanga, Mahela and rest of the team mates were played so well. I'm so disappointed when Sanga resigned from captaincy. well even we did not win the world cup, but they tried their best. I hope we will win next world cup with team spirit. Sanga tried to give his captaincy to youngsters to motivate our team. the best example of matured cricketer is Sanga ever. Mahela too. Respect our team and our players. HATS OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    His thinking is fantastic. it is good senior step down allowing youngsters chance. New faces bring light to the game. veterans how much they play well should step down gradually, Sanga is example. it is very nice attitude. Sri lanka may face challenges but this is the right way.New faces should emerge. I am sure we have people as always the case was for last 2 decades.

  • CaptainCricket77 on April 6, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Hi People dont get upset or misled by this big line of resignations........ something has gone wrong here and will find out the truth in no time... at a glance look lke the final's been sold to india and selectors and Sanga may be involved....... ICC must be looking in to the issue...

  • on April 6, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    good decision sanga.. but i dont think mathews is the good player to lead the team.... need experience or he should need good performances in th ODI cricket but mathews has nothing... im not sure he will catch the place in the team for next world cup.

  • on April 6, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    we all miss u guy ur always best

  • AnasNZ on April 6, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Well done Kumar it's time for the new era players to take over the reigns. I suggest that some of the current school scene players should be included in the SL squad and groom them for the future. My SL team listing would be - Captain Angelo Mathews in all format of the game with a radical vice captain from the school scene Bhanuka Rajapaksa the make up of the team should be Dilshan, Ramit Rambukwella/Tissara Perera to open, one drop Angelo, Kumar, Mahela, Bhanuka, Upul Tharanga/Dinesh Chandimal, Chathura Peris(very important player for the future), Andri Berenger/Lahiru Thrimanne/Chamara Kapugathera, Randiv, Malinga, Mendis etc. Important to get the young guns exposed to international cricket very early.

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    make Sanga captain for another year or so, have a new vice captain whom you think will be the next captain(Tharanga/Mathews). Dont make samaraveera/Dilshan the captains becos they are already aged than Sanga/Jayawardene. someone has to explain Sanga the need of his captaincy now for thegood of SL cricket

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    why would dilshan be selected? he is like a year older than sanga? makes no sense

  • on April 6, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Wise decision taken by Sanga as a true captain with a great vision for Sri Lanka's cricketing future... Our team gave a good fight at the WC-2011 till the last minute... End of the day the team who performed better, won! No regrets on that... Wish Sanga, Mahela and the team, all the very best... We believe in the dream/team... we believe, you all will not let us down next time...

  • COMBO on April 6, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    I live in Japn.though only few Japanese know about cricket,they still admire the Captancy of Kuma.My JP friends wanted to watch cricket,when SL play.We all gonna miss you as a captain. I think Anjelo is still little soon for the job.May be MJ to do the job again for a while, till Mathews is ready.

  • Karthik_Runja on April 6, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Its really Hard for Sanga to Take this decision..... But Srilanka gonna miss a Good Leader.... Cool Leader....

  • on April 6, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    We every one with you..... sanga... please don't go .....................................

  • on April 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    We all miss U Sanga !!!!!

  • Philip_Gnana on April 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    You got to give it to him. Sanga always WALKED THE TALK. Most articulate amongst the Asian countries. He seemed mediocre but did show some talent as a batsman when he first played for Sri Lanka. He quickly developed in to a great player. Reminded me of the Waugh brothers when they started off their playing career. The most graceful of batsmen that you can find in the cricketing world. The glorious cover drive. Wow. He could juggle responsibilities and excelled in them too. Any incoming captain is going have great shoes to fill, but the advantage will be that he will have both Mahela and Kumar as mentor. Longer term. Needs to be a much younger player. Mathews has come through the ranks and has shown great skill and application. Samaraweera, age is not in his side. SL Cricket need to think ahead. Let Sanga remain as captain at least for a year with Mathews as his understudy. Philip Gnana, New Malden, Surrey

  • schathuranga on April 6, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    He's the World Number 1 Batsman i suggest.Fantastic talent after Aravinda.We r Proud Of You.

  • on April 6, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    He was excellent cricketer, whom showed how a captain can play consistently....keep wicket for 50 overs and bat for almost 30-40 overs in same game....He was also Lion hearted to accept the defeat

  • on April 6, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    A good decision. This is the right time to appoint a new captain as he can take his time and adjust well and fit into the role by time the 2015 edition comes. Wonder who'll be the next captain. I think it will be Dilshan

  • daager on April 6, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    What can you say about this guy. Superb batsman, excellent wicketkeeper, good captain, and great sportsman. What a class act. Come play for the Proteas Sanga watching you bat in the semi against NZ showed how we should have played in the quarters. What a legend.

  • on April 6, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    A truly professional act by Kumar Sangakkara and one with the future in sight. The way Sanga handled the captaincy and the way he played each game truly classic. Hats off to this guy who knew how to admit the performance of the opposition in their own team's defeat. The way he handled the post match presentations speeches must be a model for all captains in any sport. I hope & believe he continues to be fit and plays the game for his country. May God bless him.

  • ksubhash on April 6, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    wrong decision sang.u have done very well in WC2011.u r the best player in SL team.

  • maddy20 on April 6, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    I am amazed really! Look at the way this guy thinks. Awesome Sanga! I always though you were a great player and a great captain and now your selfless thinking means you are a legend!

  • paringogri on April 6, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Sanga has been a very great leader and that was the reason he was named captain for the ICC Dream team, I think SL Cricket board should not accept his resignation. Also, Sanga and Jayawardene are strong pillars of SL cricket and are adored world over. They should be setting right examples for the world.

  • SudhyNair on April 6, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    There starts the decline of Sri Lanka cricket...!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    From an envious Aussie, I wish there were more sporting professionals like Kumar Sangakkara who put their national team first! A good captain, great batsmen and keeper and from afar, it seems like a classy, selfless individual!

  • adil_azeem on April 6, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan .. But what a man Sangakara is .... Wow ... Thinking about his team and his country like this ... Amazing person

  • CricSamraat on April 6, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Sanga is a leader. He deserves whole-hearted support from Sri Lankans. Probably, there is too much pressure on him. All the best for Sanga and Sri Lanka.

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Great player have great thoughts and they always think for their country. I think this is good move.

  • LittleFinger on April 6, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Wow Sanga. What a class act you are. I am yet to see a more dignified cricketer and captain. Hands down, I think you are the most graceful captain in the world right now. Dan the man is a close second. Strauss is not bad. No one else comes anywhere close. Dhoni may have delivered on my dream of India winning the WC for Sachin, but he is not in the same class as you. You have great future. As a player in all 3 formats. And then as an administrator, coach and a media pundit. The world is your oyster. Go forth and conquer!

  • Mark450 on April 6, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Sangakkara is a fine leader of men, but not a great tactician. But this appears to be a very team-orientated thing to do, by giving the new captain a full 4 year cycle to put his mark on the team, and prepare for the next World Cup.

  • Rashadhi on April 6, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    When I heard this I was shocked, but looking at the reason you are mentioning, I got proud to be a Sri Lankan. Still I am thinking Sanga should captain the team for 1 year or so with new vice captain (Dilshan or Mathews), after that he vice captain can continue tha captain. Which will be a good decision for the SL cricket.

  • Eugynne on April 6, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    What a gentleman cricketer he is? I recall former Aussie Mark Taylor who too retired when he was at his peak form. Bravo Kumar! You set an example to many power and captainship hungry counterparts! However from my sincere opinion, Dilshan perhaps a good player but will never ever be a good captain. He doesn't bear any leadership qualities, neither Mathews, who is inexperienced. My choice is Thilan Samaraweera or Upul Tharanga. The former is a well experienced test player. Nevertheless, I am so happy to see you'll continue to be test captain and all the best to you, Yeheli & the Juniors.

  • mr82 on April 6, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    What cricketing brain!!!Well done boy. All the best...still the younger captain need your advice. So stay with the same attitude.

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Good sportsmanship well behaved true cricket

    he would have lost the match, but, he was keeping pressure on indians

  • on April 6, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    No No No this cannot be happening. This is sad news! You got so much to offer the SL team as captain. Maybe a decision made a bit too early after the WC defeat. Hope there was no pressure from selectors in this decision. Sanga had the potential to be Sri Lankan's best captain yet. Sanga if it is your decision it's got to be respected. If you feel you will better support the team as a mentor so be it. Keep going with the bat and keep keeping wickets. You are easily the mentally toughest batsman in world cricket at present and goes without saying you have plenty of natural ability to back up that mental prowess. Please don't retire, stick with it and score another 9000 + runs before you retire. You the man Sanga! SL and world cricket needs you.

  • maxus on April 6, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    On the part of Sanga this is a the best decision to groom a captain for the future, however for SL cricket it is not that a good decision. The only option Sri Lanka has is Mathews and he is only 22 now, I think it is better to have him as Sanga's deputy for an year to get accustomed to the leadership position. On the contrary Graeme Smith was drafted as South African captain when he was just 22, further Mathews has proven that he has a good cricketing head with performances under pressure situations and he has captained the SL under 19 team.With Sanga and Mahela around for guidance there is nothing to worry about.If Mathews is drafted as the new captain then it will be a bold move and it will be fantastic for the future of SL cricket. SL cricket should not opt for Dilshan, as it will affect his batting and he has no man management skill. The captain has to be a cool headed person and Dilshan doesn't fit in it. Mathews the ideal man for the role to develop a team for 2015 world cup.

  • KP_84 on April 6, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Gentlemanly though it is to step down in the interests of the team, is it actually in the intersts of the team? Who can Sri Lanka turn to? Mathews will make a great capatain for Sri Lanka one day, but not today - he is still too young and inexperienced. Giving the captaincy to player who has yet to find his feet at the highest level could damage both the player's career and the team. I don't like the idea of Dilshan either; just like with Sehwag, he's great talent but he has no mind for tactics. Perhaps try and persuade Jayawardene to come back for a couple of years?

  • ABRAR67 on April 6, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Sangakara: You are a fantastic player and a great leader,though i hail from pakistan but ai always admired your game and presence in the field in whatever role. You would be remembered for the excellence you brought to Asian cricket. Well done boy.

  • madhukada on April 6, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Well Done Sanga! You've done us proud.... again!

  • on April 6, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    What an absolute legend. He is following the footsteps of Mahela. Both stepped down well beofore their use by date - not waiting for things to go stale and critics start calling for the head.

    They are both world class material with plenty still to offer, both have the long term interest of Sri Lanka cricket in mind and don't carry on as if they are a gift from God.

    Mark of true leadership is stepping down at the right time for others to carry team forward.

    Despite the hear feels heavy to see him step down, mind says it is the right thing to do.

    All the best Sanga, Mahela, and the new would be captain / captains.

  • sara2a on April 6, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Sanga has been a great captain and an even better ambassador for SL cricket. But considering how the events turned out in the finals, it is no surprise that he stepped down. He was a far cry from his normal self in that finals....But for SL cricket, it would have been better if he carried on for one more year. Four years is too long for the next captain to peak at the correct time (in 2015). Two and a half years, or 3 years max is the ideal period for a captain to be in his prime....so i hope someone should fill in for another year or so, and then hand it over to Mathews, who seems to be a natural leader, and relishes responsibility...but the worst decision would be to make him captain now, which i believe is a bit too early...let him first establish himself as a top class cricketer, and then he will be truely ready to take over the captaincy and lead SL to the next World Cup....

  • on April 6, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    You are a great sportsman with true spirit of the game..We are really proud of you Sanga!

  • fatboy23 on April 6, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    A great decision by a great man who is looking at the future of his team not his future.. It takes a few years to groom someone into an eligible captain to win a world cup... so yes this was a great choice by sangakara.. I am sure he would always be there to support the new captain..

  • TjayR on April 6, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Sri Lanks has always produce some great leaders. With the current pool members Angelo Mathews will undoubtly have the upper hand. He is a great player and copes with stress calmly. With most seniors above the 30 year mark and playing the last leg of the carriers there aren't many sound options for the SLCB. Having lead the U-19 team futher enhances his credentials. Mahela & Kumar has to guide the New leader till he gains confidence in leading the side. The stage is well set though the timminig could have been better. Furthermore, Sri lankan team needs to bring in bright future stars (LD Chandimal/Bhanuka Rajapakse) to enhance the middle order and give ample time to get used to the international arena.SLCB has to recognize days of Thilan/Chamara are over. We have to prepare for the unfortunate enevitable depature of Sangakkara,Mahela & Dilshan... SLBC has to groom the future stars with care. so they can bring the world cup that eluded us lin 2015! Thank you Sanga for your contribution

  • Jamith on April 6, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    I strongly recommend Sanga should stay as the captain at least for another two years and lead the Sri Lankan team to the next world cup while bringing up the new captain to the team. I feel this is a too early decision. Sanga is a great captain I have seen for the Sri Lankan team while being a good example for the whole team by performing to his best and uplifting the mentality of the whole team. Your performance is important not the age. I think you have fulfilled the expectations of Sri Lankan cricket fans for world cup 2011. Appreciate your outstanding performance and wishing you all the very best to lead the Sri Lankan team to the targets.

  • on April 6, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    great loss for SL cricket.Sanga is a charismatic captain and if he quits for the reason of grooming a leader then SL cricket should appoint a vice captain under Sangakkara so that the vice captain will hv enough exposure under the dynamic Sangakkara, yet four years is too longer for a vice captain to groom since lots of cricket matches played these days, two years is enough as SL has a tough tour of Australia and England to counter. its a sad day for entire SL and for the game of cricket if Sanga does not reconsider his decision we all know best is yet to come from Sanga still his inspiring leadership could take SL to the no one team in the icc ranking please Sanga we all love u and we no you not hungry for power you have set an example for all the other past captain and you are an institute for the future generation of SL cricket.

  • BKyogi on April 6, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Sanga has given a good thought to as to what will happen in the future for Sri-Lankan cricket. It is very difficult for most captains to do what Sanga has done.They have the EGO. He is thinking of the future of Sri-lanka cricket and not his personal ambitions. Let a young guy who will be at his best as a captain and as a player take up the responsibility when the next world cup comes up. Let Sanga keep on playing in all formats of the game and I think he will step aside when he thinks it is time. Nobody can be young for ever. Murali, Sanath, Vass have all reached an age when they are not that mobile on the field. It is not like working in a Govt. Department when the retirement age is fixed. I appriciate Sanga's decision. Sanga, Ponting, Vettori, Smith have all taken a very courages decision for the good of cricket.

  • kkarthik on April 6, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Hats off Sangakkara!!!...You are one of my favorite players and your decision comes at a time when Srilankan cricket has to think about "what is next". Hope you continue as the wonderful batsman you have been for your country.

  • on April 6, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    eventhough a very sensible decision, its too early for such a class player... this would have been a better decision had he taken it 1-2 yrs down the lane...

  • on April 6, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Well played Sanga and all cricket fans will miss you for sure. Looking at your value for team I think you should at least consider keep playing ODIs till next cup. True gentleman and champion batsman from Srilanka.

  • Super-Sub on April 6, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    What a sensible, future thinking, professional decision by a true sportsman who is not driven by personal glory and money. Sri Lanka will lose the best diplomatic captain ever produced but it will be an investment for the future.

    Well done Sanga, you have made all Sri Lankans proud by the way you lead the team, the way you spoke & handled the media and finally the way how you have stepped down.

    Wish you good health in the future as we still need Kumar Sangakkara as a batsman / wicket keeper for Sri Lanka Cricket in many more years to come. Your inclusion in the side with Mahela will give great confidence to the new captain and the youngsters in the side. You must take over the role as the "mental groomer" of the side in preparing them for 2015 world cup in Australia / NZ.

    All the very best to you, Yehali & kids !

    Athula - NZ

  • SandipC on April 6, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    WHAT A CLASS ACT... I am an Indian fan - and an avid cricket follower. Sanga is a Complete Gentleman. One of the few players who despite fierce competition never forgets to show his class and the true spirit of the game he plays and loves. What a selfless act and having the right mindset to focus on the future. Take a Bow Sanga you have made your country and your team mates proud. Hats off to you!!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    Y quit Sanga. u did well in the WC 2011, and u r still young. If the public forced this it a shame.... SL played a great final.

  • on April 6, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    i thing its too early for that....??? world cup gone...still more cricket to play.... why so hurry.. most of sri lankan with you sanga...

  • on April 6, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    What a legend. Sangakarra is a Sri Lankan Hero

  • Umms on April 6, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    I admire this desicion and this futuristic thought. I hope sanga plays for srilanka with same form and attitude. Message from Pakistani fan

  • on April 6, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    good thinking on the part of SANGA; there is a vision and thinking for the future of Srilnakan Cricket and the decision also timely. wishing u all the very best for the rest of your career Sanga

  • mohsan123 on April 5, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    i am a pak cricket fan i want to c sanga atleast one to two yea as capitan sl need him as capitan mathews is also a good opition but dont rush there is no need to change capitan best wishes for sanga whata class player and i admire his cricketing sence best wishes 4 sanga.

  • on April 5, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    What? He is hands down the best Captain of an ODI side in the world. Dhoni might have won the world cup, but here is a man who led from the front on every single game. Wicket keeping all innings and then coming out to consistently score runs. This is a very sad move.

    I would suggest that Sanga be kept captain and a vice captain be added under him, so that Sanga can groom that person. I honestly think that the captaincy took his game to a better level too.

  • Ameega on April 5, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    A great lesson for some greedy captains! Hats off Sanga!

  • on April 5, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    "I would like to announce that after careful consideration I have concluded that it is in the best long-term interests of the team that I step down now as national captain so that a new leader can be properly groomed for the 2015 World Cup in Australia", a statement from Sangakkara said. Amazing srilankans Mahela and now Kumara in spite of doing very well relinquishing the captaincy for the team cause. Something to learn from these guys about how to give up power.

  • on April 5, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    wrong wrong wrong decision. we need kuma as a captain.

  • on April 5, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    One of the all-time classiest cricket players in the world....

  • on April 5, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Sangakkara has lead Srilanka admirably. he could give it a shot to 2015 WC as Captain and retire after that. He was 3rd highest run getter in WC2011, guess who was 2nd? A 37 year old.

  • on April 5, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Hats off 2 sangakara.....

  • on April 5, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    What a classy guy. For once a SL cricket captain is thinking long term, strategy and what is in the best interest of the team! Kumar thank you for your invaluable service & hope you will continue to play and be available to the new captain for years to come!

  • Aaaaaron on April 5, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Though I don't like Sanga, we have to accept he is one of the best captains and perfect batsmen around. Even he is the captain for ICC world cup best XI. It is wrong time to resign from SL cricket because for next world cup they has lot of time. Let mattews be matured enough to captain for national team, till then you have to guide your team.

  • on April 5, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    as an indian i have loads of respect for sanga and mahela .. they are like aravinda and arjuna or even better than them ... but i think instead of dilshan angelo should be given the cap .. new blood and an awesome talent .. like what sa and india did with smith and dhohi .. Dilshan's already 34 ..angelo is 24 ..

  • on April 5, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    I really admired his speech on the WC final presentation ceremony and here again you see how much of a team player this guy is ,along with Mahela ... any other captain who leads the team to a world cup final would say "alright I have this position for another 4 years" ... great sportman he is ...

  • on April 5, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    This is what we call a true leadership

  • CricketpunditUSA on April 5, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I hope this has nothing to do with the "TOSS" gate

  • yasask on April 5, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    dilshan will be new captain and mathews will be vice. when it is about 1.5-2 years to go till the 2015 world cup, dilshan will step down and mathews will come in...thats the best option at the moment

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    It is not the right time to stpe down from captiancy, as their is no one to take over if their is any one to think about it is only Angello.But he is too young to be a caption and he has to go through some ups and down before taking over.

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Truly inspring and sets a model for other senior players in international cricket

  • abherath on April 5, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Sanga, we are so proud of you. You are a great captain and you carry yourself so well. You are worth more than the World Cup to us. Please say, we beg of you.

  • Cricket-Buff on April 5, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    I do not think the new captain needs 4 years to mature. With the amount of cricket being played these days, couple of years should be enough as long as he is the vice captain and he works with Sanga. Since age is the issue here, Dilshan is not an option. I do not think Samaraweera is a long term solution, he might not be needed because Sanga is ready to be the short term solution for tests. Sanga can continue for an year or so before he goes.

  • Nnilpa on April 5, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    "This was a decision I made prior to the 2011 World Cup. I will be 37 by the next World Cup and I cannot therefore be sure of my place in the tea" wow such a great foresightedness and care for future SL cricket without any greed ..

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    i think it was a good decision to retire when he is in e peak so that there is no black mark behind his name. if not when retiring under pressure of not doing well there would be so many criticism by many stakeholders. therefore i think it was the right decision made. he will be always remembered as one of SL's best captains.

  • criczed on April 5, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Considering caliber of the charter of this man, this resignation is by all means a "no surprise". It is time to move on and we need to build players to handle roles what mahela and sanga used to play for us. If we need Sanga fit and in form for the next world cup the first thing we should do is to take the wicket keep responsibilities out of him and hand it over someone like Chandimal. Just how well Sanga established his place in the team Chandimal could do the same. Also would love to see Sanga and Mahela bat one step below the batting order. We need to build a strong middle order the only way we could do that is to put the experience batters down the order and groom the new comers to handle much responsible roles of batting 1 or 2 down. I guess Mathews would be the most suitable person to take reigns from Sanga as he has proved him self in all formats of the game. We all know he is young but we have seen players captaining their country in very young age. Example: Smith.

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Great spirit Mr. Sangakkara. Applause for you...

  • Baldevsran on April 5, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Sangakara deserves to continue as a captain, as he is one of the best role models. He scores runs and remaiin very calm in the pressure situations. Unless he really feels it is burden, Sri lanka Board should persuade him to be captain for another 2 years. I am Indian but he is one of my greatest favourites as a captain.

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    i believe he is one batsmen who plays fast bowling the best in the world he is generally over-shadowed jaywardena but is a far better player than him pick up the stats and you will come to know why i m saying this

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Mathews in the only option SL has..........the only question is can he be injury free for a period..........hes been gettin injured far too often for my liking.

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Mathews in the only option SL has..........the only question is can he be injury free for a period..........hes been gettin injured far too often for my liking.

  • binojpeter on April 5, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Thilakaratne Dilshan seems to be a good person for captaincy. Even though I think Sangakkara is the best person for captaincy, I think he has reached this decision considering the best interests of future of Srilankan cricket.

  • kktharan10 on April 5, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    It is good time to Sanga to handover his position. It is good decision by both Sanga and SLC, but i am afraid about your all comments bccoz it's too early for Mathews and too late for Dilshan. i will prefer a consistency player for this captain position. As i feel it should go to Tharanga who have enough mature as well as talent. http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/50747.html

  • dilanz51 on April 5, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    The greatest ever player I have ever seen. I think he mad the decision a bit prematurely.Anyway all the best man and thanx for all the memories.

  • xylo on April 5, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Good decision for the sake of the team's future. I am still waiting to hear from Sachin.

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    this shows the selflessness of the man, He is a superb player and i love to see him bat, may he continue to play for 100 more years...

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    he should've kept the captaincy at least the t20 world cup is over :(

  • RohanMarkJay on April 5, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Good Luck Kumar Sangakkara, one of my favourite cricketers. Not only is he one of the most eye pleasing and best batsman in the world. He was also one of Sri Lanka's best captains. Its good that we will see him in future as Capt as Sri Lanka test side, I personally think he should be Capt for as long as he is a Sri Lankan Cricket player. Sri Lanka is very lucky to have a cricketer and person as the calibre of Kumar Sangakkara, I wish all the very best for the future. I think all his best innings should be packaged in a DVD and sold to all cricket countries of the world so that cricket playing youngsters will watch how to bat correctly and what truly great batsmanship is.

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    First, CONGRATULATIONS India. I think it's a great decision from Sagakkara. I actually predicted that this would happen even before we played semi-finals, and told my friends who thought that Sagakkara would not step down as captain after the world cup... So I'm not sure if I'm speeking here for the rest of the Sri Lankans. First of all, I think Sri Lanka has done a great job coming into the finals. I have no hard feelings about losing the finals. I think everyone did their job pretty well including the guys who didn't even get a chance to play. Every player in the team is capable of playing at the highest level. Sangakkara is an intelligent cricketer (just like Mahela), and I'm not suprised with his decision. I totally agree with him wanting to step down, and let the new capatain get some valuable experience. The perfect man for the job would be Angelo Mathews. But the question is could he play injury-free for a long time?

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    It does not make sense to me, who's gonna be next captain? Mathew... Not mature enough.... \Best of luck LaNka

  • pureatichowdary on April 5, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Great decision Sanga, I hope that the next Captain will be Mathews

  • SARAM222 on April 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    I do not know what to say, but we Sri Lankans are very proud of our Cricketers and even though we are comparatively small but at present we are world beaters. We accept all the players as our heros. Reaching the finals is the key. We Sri Lankans know how to celebrate and accept the defeat. So Sangakkara took a wrong decision. It is not the time and I did not see any article or a comment blaming Sanga. So Sanga you are the only one who can lead at the moment, let Mathews gain some more experience and take over. All the best Sanga. Hope you will withdraw your resignation. God Bless Sri Lanka

  • Allen.Arendtsz on April 5, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Sangakkara is and always will be one of the most educated crickters of all time and he dosent deserve to give up the captiancy due to the fact that Sri lanka came soo far in the CWC because of his captiancy and his role play he will always and for ever be the best captian for Sri lanka

  • RanilDeSIlva on April 5, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Today Sanga leaves with dignity.. so did Mahela 4 years ago...A True Ambassador of World Cricket.. Hats Off Sanga.. we acnnot force u to stay... but u still have a lot of Cricket left in you.. Please do stay in the team and play for our country...Proud to be Sri Lankan!

  • nadeekajayanga on April 5, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    It's not good decision.I think sanga can anther few years take a captain in sri lanka.chage ur decision sanga,ur a the man i see sl cricket in great captain.Go Lanka GO..........................

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    I feel he has taken this decision by thinking the future of Sri Lankan cricket. But as the test captain he can serve for another 02 years for sure. Sri Lankan cricket has to enter a new chapter now, as India grew with Dhoni, Shewag, Yuvaraj, Gambhir and as many players who are in the world cup wining team. Great Murali is no more, and mind both Kumar & Mahela will be 34 by end of this year. Dilshan will be 35. Lasith Malinga already hinted that he may not be able to cope up with the game by another 3/4 years, though he is still 27!! people grow old. And worn out..that's the nature. As smart cricketing nation Sri Lanka has to produce new players [more importantly match winners] in more regular basis. And that was the biggest success behind Australia & more recently India. Relying on 35/36+ is not a good option even though they may be great players & irrespective of the service they rendered. I wish Sanga all the very best, and thank you very much for the service rendered to Sri Lanka.

  • howizzat on April 5, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Sangakkera has taken a right and thoughtful decision. Dilshan will be the ideal successor.

  • manishv on April 5, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Kumar is a great wicketkeeper and a great player. He has been outstanding for so long now. His intentions are great as he is looking for the future of Sri Lanka team. But I think, he himself could be there at that point. It's still 4 years far but players are playing excellent cricket even at age of 36 or 37. I think, they should pick some one as vice captain first and let that guy mature enough to be captain. If Kumar can't play at that time... let it be that way and the vice captain should take over. But I don't think, they need to do it right away.

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    wrong decision.................................

  • taniap on April 5, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Dilshan is an exciting batsman and a very good player overall but he is not leadership material. Mathews is the right guy for the job but he needs at least 1 to 2 years more of solid international cricket experience before taking up the captaincy. Thilan is not leadership material either. Therefore Sanga should have stayed until Mathews is ready.

    But it is refreshing to see players stepping down and willing to give others the chance even when they are at their peak.

  • on April 5, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    SRI Lanka CRICKET DON'T ACCEPT THIS. Sanga is the best Captain so far for SL.

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Greame Smith had to lead a South African team at the age of about 23-24. He did rather well. So see no reason for Mathews not to be captain, as he is one of our most talented youngsters at the moment.

    Hats of to Sanga though, a classy way to put the team and its chances first and foremost before his individual ambitions. I quite like the humility in his statement that he would not be assured of a place at the next world cup considering that he would be 37. If Jayasuriya can score international centuries at the age of 40, no reason why same wouldn't apply to Sanga.

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    I agree with Sanga. The idea is very good. We cant depend on one person. there should be people to take up responsibility if not some thing wrong with our system. This decision is good for sport and personally for Sanga. Things should more. It will move as Sri Lankan cricket always be.

  • Kishankumar on April 5, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Tough, sad but right decision. Its time SL get some fresh thinking. I'm sure the board will get right candidates. All the best to Sanga and SL.

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    guys there is a positive in this!!! mathews could do a dhoni for sri lanka!!! remember dhoni was made captain very much early in his career!! so why the hell cant mathews do that!!!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Sanga must not think from world cup to world cup only. He was taking SL in right direction. He can step down from captaincy after 2 years... None of young SL player seem so groomed and mature to fill his shoes as captain... Glimmer of hope is Mathews and Tharanga

  • vaidyar on April 5, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Makes sense...Sanga and MJ might not be around for the next world cup.. a new captain forced in at that time during a rebuilding phase will only end up in a situation similar to that in the '99 WC. If Mathews or someone young takes it up now, the seniors will be around to guide and mentor him for a few years...and can help with the rebuilding... Good decision, taken considering the future of SL cricket.

  • Sandeep.Jain on April 5, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Amazing Team Spirit and love for country. He made the right call, given his age. Decided to leave on a high.

    My respect for this talented and gifted Sri Lankan just grew by an inch.

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    You are the best Captain Sanga..... U are really great captain in world.... we proud of you .. and we always with u ...

  • NP_NY on April 5, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Bad move! Sanga will be 37 in 2015 which is not too old for cricketers these days. And he is one of the fitter cricketers around. The value of this man as a captain should not be underestimated. Without him at the helm, SL wouldn't have made it to the finals.

  • BDKu on April 5, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    This shows the class in the guy. His decision is a smart unselfish decision taken on the best interst of Sri Lanka. Just like Mahel who helped Sanga to be the captain I beleive he will help the next guy take on the job and be vice captain. A good example for all Sri Lankan cricketers to follow. When the time is right be smart and leave on a high note.

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    why does everyone think matthews is too young to be captain??? rsa appointed graeme smith when he was 22 years old. From then rsa have improved from a struggling team to a major force in all 3 formats. sri lanka should be looking for a long term captain to steer them to the 2015 world cup and beyond. 23 year old matthews should be given the captaincy for all 3 formats with chamara kapugedara as his vice. then he still has sanga, mahela, dilshan, thilan sammaweera etc to nurture them into the role.

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    (Not actually Eric but his mum Kay). I am so sad that Sanga has stepped down. i think he had settled well into the captains role and was becoming better and better. I am Enlish and support England (something i frequently suffer for!) but always support Sri Lanka if they're not playing England and think they are wonderful sid,e fantastic players, wonderful sportsmanship and Sanga epitomises all of that.I feel he should stay on as captain for at least another year by which time then maybe Matthews will be ready to take on the role, i think he has done this in haste because of losing the final but if it is too much of a burden then its understandable. good luck to whoever takes his place, i think SL will always be an eminantly exciting and watchable team.

  • Tijara on April 5, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    The decision to retire should not be based on age but on health and actual achievement. Sangakkara is a great crickter and he should continue just as before

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    As captain of Sri Lanka we need a top class crickerer as well as a gentleman, the latter is hard to find in present days. Please continiue to lead Sri Lanka so that you can bring the cup in 2015. You may give up keeping the wickets because it is a tall order to do all 3 at 40+. I think India too should retain Dhoni as the captain. Wish both of you the very best.

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Thanks Sanga Aiya, you made Sri Lankans proud and you made Trinity College proud. Good decision. I think its better you quit at the peak. You were classy and I know you will find the courage to play 2015 World Cup

  • on April 5, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Very smart decisions !!!!

  • Biso on April 5, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Sanga is talking sense. Look at the ages of most of the Sri lankan players who played in world cup 11. They are going to be on the wrong side of 30 when 2015 arrives. Sanga may have to play purely as a batsman.The burden of wicketkeeping and captaincy at 37 can be a couple of years beyond the limit. Added to that is the uncertainty of form by that time. He has therefore sent a clear message to the selectors that it is time for SL cricket to look for fresh faces who can be brought in to serve in 2015 and maybe even 2019.It is a certainty that only a few of the present lot will be able to hold their places in 2015. I am assuming that SL have a healthy system in place to provide players to the national side. A couple of years of teething problems is a good enough and wise investment.

  • on April 5, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    sanga... i anticipated this after ur defeat in world cup... we have already missed jayawardene's captaincy.. now it's u sanga... wrong decision...

  • on April 5, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Sanga has been named d captain of d world XI., what else can i say!! A great tactician and a wonderful batsmen., hope He can continue to contribute with d bat., on d very lines of Sachin.. by d way., see yo soon in IPL :):) P.S: still shocked abt d decision :(

  • on April 5, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    I think Sanga needs to continue as capt & have Mathews as deputy for the next 2 years & hand over the Captaincy to Mathews!!!

  • TheUparcut on April 5, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    A very unfortunate thing.Wrong time to step down as captain.I understand that Sanga is thinking about the future.It is the right way forward.But,it would have been better if he had continued for another year.The reason is Dilshan,who is likely to be the captain is not too young and he would also be a veteran for the 2015 WC.So,he can't take over.Angelo Mathews is still young and gas not yet settled in international cricket.Therefore one year later,they could have found a settled team led by a capable leader.A rush of blood by Sanga.A premature exit to a great captain.

  • Caveman. on April 5, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Kumar is a gentleman. He has the best interests of SL cricket at heart. He deserves all the praise and respect for this rather unselfish decision. It will be interesting to see how SL board reacts.

  • Vasi-Koosi on April 5, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    I think i is a bit premature of Sanga to announce this; I somehow feel he should continue for this year and the new captain should take over in 2012. I do not see strong contenders for captaincy in Srilanka. A sad day for Lankan Cricket. I am not a big fan of Sanga, but in the interests of SL Cricket, he should continue till the end of this year.

  • on April 5, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Matthews is the right choice for captaincy especially in limited overs formats....... He is young but has a cool head on his shoulders, he can lead them team for a long long time!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    i'd say his decision is a noble one. True what he says, by the time he reaches the next WC he will be 37 and he dont want to be a burden for the selectors to cut him off if he is not performing on a regular basis.. but then again the problem is who will lead the team? Dilshan? Angelo? sigh. this is a problem!

  • KingOwl on April 5, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Sanga was a great captain for SL, eventhough he did not win the WC. But, I am concerned about his replacement. Dilshan is aggressive and could be good, but he is not any younger. Mathews will be a great captain, but he is injury prone and as an all rounder, may be out of many games. If he becomes captain, he will then have to play just as a batsman in many instances, and I have a feeling that it will negatively affect the balance of the team. Picking a new captain is going to be a tough challange for SL Cricket.

  • MahanBharat on April 5, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    We Want minimum 14 Teams in 2015 and 16 Teams in 2019 and 20 Teams in 2023.

  • on April 5, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    sanga stepped down keeping future in mind, it was not because he lost in the finals, he has a point, next WC he would be 37, and the transition might not be that smooth, it would be rather forced, if he stepped down, or hit a bad patch at that time. Respect his decision.

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Great batsman. Sangakkara has always impressed me. Thoroughly respect him!

  • Ajaz.Ahmed on April 5, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Hes a class act....has shown selflessness for the sake of srilankan cricket..however he needs to be around to provide the cover for the new captain..Bravo sanga..

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    I think he can play next world cup if he say good bye to wicket keeping and stay as a genuine batsman,There will be new good players for sure entering Srilankan team in near future ,But need the experience to guide them.

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    I am an Indian, but I feel this guy was the best Sri Lankan Captain I had ever seen in my life. calm and composed, his bowlers didn't click in the finals, well thats not his mistake, as far as I have known this guy is the best for SL team.

  • jaymaqx on April 5, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Sanga is a true hero; selfless and courageous. This is an honorable move on his behalf - putting the future of Sri Lankan cricket first. Good luck to Sri Lanka from Pakistan.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 5, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    I think this is the right step forward for Sri Lankan cricket. Sanga has had some success leading SL. Now it's time to breed youngsters into the team. Sanga and Mahela need to stay on at least for 2 more years as senior statesmen of the side. Angelo Mathews looks like an ideal successor to Sanga. The problem is that he's injury prone. Upul Tharanga could also be captaincy material. Whoever takes over I am sure Sanga would guide him in the proper way. All the best Sanga.

  • Thimilaka on April 5, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    My soul hearted respect for that excellent decision. It is high time for SL to have a new captain. Sanga is the most outstanding captain SL ever had after Arjuna. I personally believe that Sanga should volunteer to play down the order.At No:6 to be exact. It provides the oppertunity for young tallent to perform at the top order with a backing of stable and confident middle order. That might be the best way to develop a forceful team for 2015 world cup.

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    I think sanga should consider this one more time...One of the best captains in SL cricket history...

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Theres no reason for Sanga to quit..by quitting sanga is exposing a not-yet-ready-for-the-job person to take over. Everybody is not a Greame Smith. You need to be groomed to be a captain. Angelo is the next best option..but he's not ready yet..so Sanga SHOULD stay on..for the sake of 2015 hope

  • Viper2.0 on April 5, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    One of the best modern day captains,hope he plays in the next world cup. Respect!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    O..we need u sanga as our team captain....Wining or loosing means natural thing happening in every sport..We couldn't win the world cup.but we are the runners up with ur captaincy...we are proud of u guys...ur the best captain...

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    SangaKara is Best captain of srilanka cricket team. I think he should not quit his captaincy

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Thats very sad....he's one of the finest captains of the game...the sri lankan board & sanga himself should give it another thought

  • groopoid on April 5, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    When Mahela passed it to Sangakkara, he was ready. Do we have anyone in the team who is ready for the role and still be a youngster by 2015? This means Sri Lanka Cricket is destined for an unstable period with many captains.

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Sanga is great player and captain, sl selector should convince him.

  • RDLikesCricket on April 5, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Sanga do not step down at this point... u r a great champion of the game and a wonderful ambassador of SL Cricket. The total impact of Murali exiting the game and u stepping down from captaincy will not be great for SL Cricket. Maybe the next leader (who???) will need to work closely with u for a couple of yrs b4 he takes over...and why wud they not pick u 4 the next WC? man...ur modesty/honesty amazes me... But u know ur game the best... We fans can only wish u ALL THE BEST... Be around and score tons of more runs..

  • Harry_N on April 5, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    a noble gesture .......... is the least i can say ....... this shows the true selfless nature of a Great Sportsperson ...........

  • DwightR on April 5, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    its way too soon for sanga to re sign, only 2 years in and when he is doing such a good joh but i cant see anyone except mathews taking over the captiancy and that could be a great thing cause we need a captian that can b like a ponting and lead the team for a new generation going to both the 2015 N 2019 world cup's

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Sanga u show classed ur true gentleman like skills.. U r more dan a sportsman.. U r a role model 2 many.. And i still feel ur decision is wrong this time.. bt if u feel its best 4 da team so be it.. But I hope and pray dat Angelo Mathews is given captaincy.. I know he is too young.. But most of the successful captains were young.. So i hope sl mke da ryt decision... :)

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    I wish all the best to Sanga. He has made his country proud.

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    No man.. You should be there for atlease another one more year

  • Anuja_Mihindukulasuriya on April 5, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is the best option for our future captain no doubt. Sanga is correct in calling for a replacement for the next world cup but Mathews needs to be eased into the role and given a status of respect and acknowledgement.Ideally he would be under Sanga as a deputy for another year at least and get a hold on things of being a captain of a national side. Hopefully we will see a new era where young players of the calibure of Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne are shown way in to the national side. We need to blood young players like Banuka Rajapakse and even school players like Shehan Fernando (Son of Sajith) who are absolute talents a run in he side. Talents such as Dhanuka Pathirana should be given the chances they deserve. SL have looked away and ignored young talent for too long.

  • on April 5, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    i think it little bit early Sanga, may be u should stay least one more year.. so next captain can get more experience before he lead the team... SLC board also need to think about that...

  • on April 5, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    sangaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aa whatz all about this...........i was expecting u to give the inspiration to the team like ausi's after 1996 world cup defeat....which will make our team to win consecutive 3 world cups....from 2015....aney sanga...don't do this to us.... :(

  • on April 5, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Sanga.... You have to wait until Mathew mature.... A good captainship doesn't mean not only leading the team perfectly in the field, but also create a person to replace u when u retire....

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on April 5, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Angelo Mathews should be made captain now.... He is class player, and can lead by example in both Batting and Bowling.... Test Match Captiancy can be given to Dilshan

  • zaheer-abbas on April 5, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    very sad to hear this but it is a gud decision. I think Tharanga shud be the captain because he is experienced also. Mathews shud not be the captian because he is still new and it adds extra pressure on him

  • surangasms01 on April 5, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    The greatest batsman Sri Lanka has ever produced. Hats off to Sanga for all he has done to Cricket in Sri Lanka. Now there are only few options. Mathews is the only suggestion but whether he has enough experience is doubtful. Better option would be to ask Kumar to wait another year until someone blooms. Somewhere down the line I feel Marvan's early exit is also a cause for the present conditions.

  • Provenance on April 5, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    People who are criticizing Sanga for his accepting IPL captaincy and declining national captaincy are quite a novice. IPL for all its pressure, hype & glamour is only for 40-45 days and another 15 days if your team qualifies for Champion's League. All in all 60 days or just 2 months! Can one compare this with constant year round pressure of national teams? Sanga will not have any tension of talent management, selection or training for IPL as there will be plethora of support staffs! Guys, take a break! Secondly, those who are saying Angelo is quite young are again being novice! Remember a man called MS Dhoni? How old was he when he got the captaincy? The best thing would be for Sanga to continue as test captain for 1-2 years and then gradually handover test captaincy as well to Angelo!

  • on April 5, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Sanga you are a great captain, one of the most elegant batsman I have seen Please don't quit. You are still young and have a lot of cricket left in you. Win and loss is a part of sport. Please re consider---Ramesh India

  • lananad on April 5, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Sanga should be the captain for at least for another year.

  • Chalith_Sameera on April 5, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    He is such a first class caption as well as a superb human being.

  • on April 5, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Sanga, you should lead the team for few more years until we are sure of a true leader. Currently we can't see anyone in this caliber apart from Angelo, but he needs little more time and exposure to handle a team, with internationals and most importantly he has to be injury free, to captain the team. Therefore until we are sure of a captain its not the right move unfortunately. If Mahela willing to take the captaincy role again it will be alright i believe. Dilshan do not have the right temperament to lead a team, even though he is a good player. So..wait till the right moment comes. we respect your decision but unfortunately its not the right time. Winning the world cup is not everything, performing through out and maintain the constancy is what matters. You need to think further mate.

  • on April 5, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Hearing this is more depressing than loosing the World cup :(

  • anil_kumar_in on April 5, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    OMG..!!! great gentleman and smart cricketer.i think this decision made after the WC loss.We ddnt saw ur encouragement after 2nd wicket falling of our team.And balling changing is very unfamiliar to u.I think u r really discourage about something n played some cheerfuller game.SL played really well before the WC finals with balling.I think something is behind the scene our team is played really well but i think this is more challenging if u played in that manner.if u r a normal cricketer ur decision is right but as a smart one i dnt agree with ur decision.Mathews need some time...any way all da best sanga..!!!

  • stormy16 on April 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    This is a mature decision from a selfless leader who only wants to the best for his country. He is right in that in 4 years he may not be fit or in form to play and imagine if he is also the captain. This way he is having someone else do the leadership role from now in readiness for the future. The only problem is I dont see another leader in that side - Both Samaraweera and Dilshan are older than Sanga. May be its time to bite the bullet and go with someone like Mathews who will play all 3 formats too. Different captains for defferent versions just will not work in a SL set up I dont beleive.

  • scripted on April 5, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    it seems too early for Sangakkara to step down. there is enough time to groom a successor without him having to quit 4 years in advance. that said, this is (at least) the second instance of a SL captain quitting with the future of the team in mind and deserves a lot of credit for the gesture. Sanga was a good, aggressive captain and it will not be easy to fill his shoes.

  • on April 5, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    still no one to replace you as a captain, please rethink, next year we are having t20 world cup in our country and your the best captain to play for it! Angelo or dinesh chandimal should be the next captain, dilshan/ thilan are not good for captaincy, with the injuries hes carrying theres a doubt whether angi can replace you as the captain, you are very fit and you can play in 2015 as well, come on sanga

  • Hassie on April 5, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    good decison by sanga thinking of the SL crickets future, with no suprise the next captain will be angelo mathews, he had captain the sl u 15, u 17, u 19 side, those experice will count for his national captaincy but sometimes dilshan will be the captain for a limited time period for the service he has done towards SL cricket

  • freakydude on April 5, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is definitely the right guy to fill in to sanga's shoes .. but he is not a Buddhist and therefore he might not get the captaincy post... maximum he can aim is vice captaincy .. hope am proven wrong

  • diablolk on April 5, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    I think if Sanga sticks to his decision Mahela should be made captain and Anjelo made V.C. Time to groom young matthews who is captain material!

  • NiroshD on April 5, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    We had lot of respect in Sanga. but still I cant beleive captaincy in that day at Mumbai. He won the man of the match in semis due to his captaincy + 54runs. The way he changed bowlers & attack to the kiwis incredible. But in the final it was almost 180degrees turned. Sanga is the one of best batsman we have. All the best Sanga. WHY DONT WE TALK ABOUT THARANGA FOR CAPTAINCY? HE IS VERY QUIET & SHOW MATURITY BATTING. DILSHAN MIGHT BE TOO AGGRESIVE. ANJI IS TOO YOUNG TO TAKE THE TEAM.. TILL ANJI GET MATURED, THARANGA SUITABLE FOR CAPTAINCY AS HE LED NCC LAST SEASON.

  • on April 5, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    It wasn't NECESSARY to do That ...

  • YIqbal on April 5, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Sangakkara is always true Ambassador of the cricket, I really impressed by his speech at final. His complements for the winning team makes him a really humble person.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    U're such a professional cricketer Sanga ''''' have no words to to admire you ;;;;;. U are always and always our captain ,,,,, Don't know y you made this decision ?? :(:(

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Cri Lankan cricket board must not accept this.Sanga is a best captain.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on April 5, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    great decision sanga. you are one honorable player. this sort of class and elegance is fast disappearing from the ground.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Don't Do It Sanga. SL Really need your captaincy.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    sanga is still the perfect guy for captain ..leader..ambassador at least for another couple of years...too early for retirement at this stage...lets see the decision of sl cricket board...over to you...aravinda n the board

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    I don't think anyone is ready to be the captain except Mahela at this point. This was Sanga's first world cup...and you get to carry all your experience from this to go all the way for the next one...and for god sakes we did well. Being finalist is never a bad thing. You should really reconsider...for the game and for the fans. Plus world cup is not the only cricket we play.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    This is very disappointed.I mean its not fare to leave the team after this defeat.Mahela didnt do that in 2007.I think that's the major reason that Sri Lankan cricket to be alive until 2011.Rahul David did right in 2007 when they have been washed out from the tournament in first round.That's correct.But we are finalists.And we did well in that final.Everyone knows that.We are the world's 2nd best side.So there is nothing to worry about.Sangakkara is going to destroy sri lanka cricket.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Sad and hurt can be the reason although Sanga does not want to admit. Hats off for his gesture. He is truely a great sportsman. A material very rare to find. Transition can be smooth and Angelo could be the ideal replacement. Let's move forward.

  • Sunildil on April 5, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Dear Kumara Sangakkara,

    I honor you as a man with a great character.Give the captaincy to a some other player who can handle the pressure situation calmly.I think Dilshan may not be suitable because his performance seems to be good these days.Please do not give it to a person who bats very well.Give it to a player who comes in the middle. You continue as a batsman and give wicket keeping to Jayawardena (P).So, you would be able to perform to your full capacity as a great batsman.When you have other fish to fry while you are batting you tend lose your wicket cheaply.That will be counted one day as What happened to Sanath.Nobody come and help you when you don't perform well.When you are doing well everybody is behind you.So, why don't you totally concentrate on batting and leave cricket as a great great player of contemporary cricket. This would be a great step in the time to come.

    I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST!

    Sunil Dilan

  • GFernando on April 5, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    I for one fully understand and support the decision. 5 out of the top 6 are not guaranteed to feature in the next world cup. It's about time to bring in some fresh new talent and start building for the next world cup. The slight worry is the lack of new leaders in the current team. The only logical choice is Mathews. Rather than a mass exodus, the better option is to bring in new players gradually. Either Snaga or Mahela should drop down for the sake of the team. Interesting times for SL cricket. Runners up in the last two editions of the world cup, but now they face a new challenge in rebuilding. It's time for the new generation to step up

  • COOLANKA on April 5, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Sanga, very sad to hear that announcement from you and i still believe you are the best captain in the world, unfortunately we lose the world cup but you don't have to be worry about that, we love you because you are really national hero and you always straight forward and honest guy, i think you have taken a good decision to step down as captain, i wish you to be a member of 2015 world cup squad...Cheerssssssssss....

  • yorkslanka on April 5, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    it is a real shame that Sanga has stepped down. He was a fantastic captain and proved many wrong..imho, Mathews should be made captain in all formats and should be guided by sanga and mahela until the next world cup..I think that tharanga should be the vc.dislhan, whilst being a great player, is not a viable option to be around for the next four years..sanga should have waited for another couple of years and let the new captain take over with two years to go to the next wcup but that is his personal choice..Sangakkara has been a great captain and representative of sri lanka and will continue to be an asset to Sri Lanka...

  • COOLANKA on April 5, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Sanga, very sad to hear that announcement from you and i still believe you are the best captain in the world, unfortunately we lose the world cup but you don't have to be worry about that, we love you because you are really national hero and you always strait forward and honest guy, i think you have taken a good decision to step down as captain, i wish you to be a member of 2015 world cup squad...Cheerssssssssss....

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    I don't think we must be in any hurry to start rebuilding a team for 2015 now. Rather than giving at least an year for the team, coach and the selectors to see a natural leader being evolved from within the system, a sudden decision prompting the selectors to find a replacement in a hurry may be counter productive. And again, I don't feel very comfortable with the concept of planning our team around cricket world cups. I think we are giving too much emphasis to the world cup.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    He is a smart articulate classic player and filled in the void created by his friend Jayaweredene. We do not know the real reason for his resignation He carried the team nicely but in the finals for reasons known to him commited the mistake of playing the half fit Murali along with the rusted Randiv and other two pacers and all of them let him down in the crucial game, barring Malinga. Hope he can concentrate better on his batting from now on.

  • WTEH on April 5, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Bravo Sanga! Really good decision for the interest of the country. Hope this would be a good lesson for all the other countries. This is why we say Sri Lankan cricket is so unique and uncorrupted!!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Hey Sanga,You are the best Captain for SL. Plzzz dnt go ...

  • Ups1 on April 5, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    This is a bold decision by Kumar Sangakkara. Yes, it'll be tough for someone like Angelo Matthews to take over at first but sometimes you have to go back in order to go forward. It's good to relieve some of that inevitable pressure on Matthews by asking Sangakkara to remain as Test captain as Matthews goes about finding his groove in the ODI and T20 formats. It's now more important than ever for Mahela and Sanga guide Matthews (it has to be Matthews) in his new role. Having said that, you have to give Matthews the freedom to make his own mistakes and learn from them as well. A fine balance will have to be struck until Matthews comes into his own.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Great decision Sanga. Sri Lanka is lucky to have had a captain like you. I think Sanga was the most sophisticated of all captains.

  • Alexk400 on April 5, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    i would like dilshan to be captain but he is older.So mathews would be obvious choice. They need to start to groom few young batsman as well. if sanga and jaya wardene play next worldcup , they will be tired legs and can't field that well. They need another bowler to support malinga. May be Vass type bowler. Kulasekara is good only non pressure games.

    Sanga has to resign because he failed when it mattered most.

  • nataraajds on April 5, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    one should not think about loosing final. the positive aspect is reaching Final twice successively is a great achivement by Sangakkara. ofcourse there were few mistakes and everyone do this.. even Dhoni did mistake of playing Sreesanth & gave away 60 plus runs in power play. I still feel sangakara is capable leader and should continue for better future of SL cricket

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    This guy is one of my all time favourite internationals.

    I don't know all that much about SL cricket past him, Mahela and Murali (weird, with all the India- SL cricket we've had recently, you'd think I'd know their full biographies by now), but there really don't seem to be so many people around to take up captaincy at the moment- after all, he's cited age as an issue, and Dilshan is older than him... maybe Upul Tharanga? He's done very well, and during the world cup kind of reminded me of Gambhir, the way his excellent contributions started looking a bit washed out next to Dilshan and Kumar's.

    Hope some SL fans can tell me more about this suggestion.

  • nakiya on April 5, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    I am happy with such a decision by a senior player considering that Sri Lanka has had to endure 40 year olds taking up positions in the team. In that respect, what Sanga has done totally makes sense and is true to what he stands for.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Sanga is a really smart person. He saw what happen to Vaas who is in gr8 form and shape but his age went against him. Now Sanga is preparing for the same...

    I dont blame him.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Sanga

    You do not need take this decision right now. We need you to be there till Mathews grow. You need to be there till 2015 . Then it will be time.

    SL does not need diffident captains for three formats .

    We need always one leader all three formats.

    Please please you should not do this

  • Mitsui on April 5, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Mathews should captain SL. Yes, he is a bit too young, but so was Graeme Smith when he was appointed as Captain of SA. Eventhough SA is tey to win a WC there is no doubt that SA became a powerhouse under Smith's captaincy.Sanga obviously took the decision for the betterment of SL cricket and him along with mahela with groom and help mathews to captain SL in next WC. Guess this is the start of a new era in SL cricket. As for experience, MSD wasn't very experienced when he was appointed as captain of India. Look where he ended up. Mathews is certainly a thinking cricketer and has a great temperament. Dilshan IMO is too old and not captaincy material

  • ashrogue on April 5, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    what the hell ! why is every one quitting? is this world cup a tragedy ? such great captain he is. It does sound logical that u need to tutor your successor, but why give up the position before even identifying a sucessor? Please stay two years as captain, let the vice captain learn everything from you, then you have ample two years for the new captain to find his niche. I am really disappointed to hear so many retirements and stepping down captains. Not feeling good at all :(

  • Maliyekkal on April 5, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Good decision, well served as captain, well played as captain/player, well groomed the team as a TEAM. Good luck sanka in your future assingments.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I am Indian, and I salute Sanga whole heartedly: as a great batsman, as a captain who gave us a run for our money in the finals, and as a leader who is able to put the interests of the team and country ahead of himself. I wish more Asian cricketers followed his lead, and would emulate him in the future. Sanga = Respect! Cheers, Vasu

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    ths s nt gud.....whn mahela gv up d captancy thr ws sanga to take all respnsblts..but nw whos gonna tk t.....no 1.....really dispntd with ths news.....

  • OOZZ on April 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Angelo Mathews might prove to be a masterstroke like Graeme Smith and Dhoni

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    i think mahela could be captain again!! i mean hes a good choice!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I still believe Sanga is good enough player to continue.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    This is really a shocking news... But to be honestly he has taken the wise decision thinking far beyond about him and SL cricket.. But I guess Sangakkara should remain his captaincy for Tests for at least for another couple of years.

    A truly a gentleman.. a great sportsman.. He is another icon of world cricket...

    Angelo would be the best choice for ODI captaincy.. but for test captaincy Sanga must stay for a while...

    Finally we all miss a great captain.. sportsman...!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 5, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    My heart is broken. No words.

  • harikeshan on April 5, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    A true Gentleman indeed, a Breed Apart. Country before self such a rare thing these days.

  • wow1234 on April 5, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    I love sanga, but this is not the rt decission. We need him to stay there for another year at least. Let the youngsters grow meanwhile. We need to groom Angie, Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa...etc. We are not prepared to have a young captain at this stage. Our future captain should be Angie, no doubt about that. However this lad needs to start working on his fitness. He is prone to injuries on every series. This is a BIG loss for our team. We will be heading to the future without a proper direction now...

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    He can captain our team for the next world cup.. 37 is not old. See Ponting. he is 37 as well.

  • Sinaha on April 5, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Great decision!!!! Should have done this before the WC and we would have got a better results. This should pave the way for the prolific young Dinesh Chamdimal to step in behind the wickets and bat at top order.

    Sanga has been one of the finest batsman in the world and all Sri Lankans are appreciative of his contribution at batting and keeping wickets. Yet, it is his captaincy on the field is his biggest flaw and that was well exposed during the WC. He has shown time and again that he fails to read situations and change tactics accordingly. His success of winning to large part has come from others contributing in batting and taking wickets, not because he made things happen on the field through his leadership skills.

    New leader has to be a mature guy, certainly not someone like Mathews. We will be seeing a revolving door for few candidates and that is likely to cause some confusion. This is the fault of selectors for not having any foresight to groom leaders. Change the board too.

  • wnwn on April 5, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Dilshan should become captain in all formats for the next 2 years and then mathews can take over.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    I like this...now i want ur reviews on this my friends

  • P.Srikanth on April 5, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    I think it is not a fair call by Sanga to resign from captaincy at this crucial moment. Common they are finalists and it is great achievement. However, if he thinks captaincy is a burden, then we have to let him go. I am not sure who is the next capable member, because Sri Lanka has to think keeping 2015WC in mind. If you see Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga are 33-34 and it is difficult for them to stay till next WC. Mathews is a choice but the question in hand is whether he is matured enough to lead the role?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 5, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Mathews a captain?? OMG!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    they should give captaincy back to mahela now.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    sanga as my fevourete caption brilliant player very patriotic

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Sad news, and a very bad news for Sri Lanka Cricket. Who can lead the team now? No one!! Sanga, you are a true leader and we are very proud of you!!

  • ajithjayad on April 5, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    There must be hurting incidents behind his decision. But SL cricket board should not accept his resignation; true we lost the final due to a few grave mistakes. But these things happen everywhere. Sanga should be the captain for the next two years in all forms of cricket, till Angelo develops his skills.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Dear Sanga,grooming a new leader for 2015 WC is a far reaching dream.We are already heart broken and we don't want any more shocks.Be the captain for the time being until the heat is over and you can slowly groom someone else for captaincy.You are a great captain and both Sri lankans and non Sri lankans will be utterly dissapointed if you resign now.Though the logic of your resignation is admirable it is not the right time yet.many things have gone out of hands during the WC final including team selection and hope one day these will be surfaced.We are a great cricketing nation and no one can take that pride away simply by loosing the WC final. You know how much you have contributed to that greatness.Please stay as the captain.

  • danieldcric10 on April 5, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Commenting from Nepal: Sanga is a role model not just for the young cricketers but the whole of youth in general. I have been admiring his style of play since the days when his best score was 90 in the ODIs. He has taken this step in all modesty but I can't seem to find a worthy successor in any of the players other than, except for taking a regressive move to get Mahela on to the fore. Giving Dilshan the captaincy will be like giving Sehwag the burden for India that may be detrimental to his beligerent style of play. On the other hand, Mathews is still a rookie. He has not achieved what Dhoni had when he took over the reins for Ganguly. So, it's looking dicy for me at the moment. Don't wanna be putting myself at the Lankan Selector's shoes at the moment.

  • on April 5, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Wow. This is quite the statement. I think Sri Lanka step up to the big occasions better than most would think and Sang has been a formidable yet diplomatic leader whilst giving to the team in way of scoring and captaincy.

    I can't really see another leader but in these situations someone may just come up trumps. With Murali on the way out and this young team evolving it could well work to their advantage, especially considering the longer term. I think Sanga could have a renaissance contributing with the bat and part of the leadership group whilst blooding the younger team members at the same time the likes of Malinga and Mathews establish themselves as formidable components of the future.

    Who will be the next big thing in SL?

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    it is sad for SL cricket. Sangakkara is an asset to the game of cricket, a lovely personality and a charismatic captain. i am sure he was under tremendous pressure for some other reasons , it seemed as he had given up the match half way through and he is known for his fighting qualities. he is a true Trinity lion

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Wrong Decision !!! Sri Lankan cricket board should not accept this

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    sanga u are a true champion, in my opinion u are lanka's finest captain! i still think u hav a couple of years of captaincy left in you, please reconsider!...

  • SamiSaayer on April 5, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    he is my favorite cricketer at the moment but this seems to be an illogical decision.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    i didnt know what i wrote in my previous comment,,,bcoz im sooooooo dissapointed by sanga's decision...by the way still i hope u will change ur mind and take it back,,coz there is no one capable of doing the job better than u at the moment...

  • Ellis on April 5, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Mr. Sangakkara has made the honest and right decision. He obviously does not feel that he will play in a future World Cup. As that is the case, a new captain is necessary. He and other senior members of the team will be there to help and guide the new captain. It is clear that most members of the last World Cup team will not be available for the next one. So, begin the process of building a new team now. Makes a lot of sense. Mathews is not too young to be the new captain. Select him, guide him, help him. A new captain, a new coach ( Moody, hopefully), new beginnings. SL needs good quick bowlers. None are on the horizon.Conspiracy theorists will have a field day " explaining" Sangakkara's resignation. They should be ignored.Mr. Sangakkara has been a credit to SL with his captaincy, intelligence, articulation of issues, and sportsmanship. Hopefully, he will play a broader role in SL society in the future.

  • ActiveX on April 5, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    He is a very good captain, player and team man. He should not have resigned as a captain, he is surely good to lead SL in the next world cup.

  • Srkalk on April 5, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Do not quit as captain Sanga, No body from srilankan team is there as a next skipper now. His batting and keeping is too good. He played well in all the WC matches. In final he made his contribution of 48.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara should be the role model of all the young generation cricketers!!! He is modest and choses his words and strategies very carefully...even though I am saddened by this decision I am sure it was meant for a greater good which only a good-hearted person like Sangakkara will understand.....and I fully respect that!!!

  • zaidimthiaz on April 5, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    What Sanga has done is for the betterment of Sri Lanka cricket...His perception is correct...Mathews is good as a captain...The Age is not the problem...The Character a player his temperament and his capabilities...Mathew would be the best choice..He has already captained the SL under 19 team. Mathews is the only choice....He would be a good ambassador...he is the only Mahela, Sanga material in the team....

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Classy guy, very classy guy. These are the kind of guys who bring respect to the Sport. But, he could've have held it up for a year more. But if he thinks it is in the team's best interests, so be it! One of the two guys I'd pay to watch on any day, the other being Sachin.

  • SBMurari on April 5, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    All the very best Sanga... You r a great servant for Srilanka cricket.... you have set standards for leadership. Whatever the reason you made you to take this decision we will back you up at any time....

    Sanga should continue with the team through out his life he is one the gems we have evr found in Srilankan cricket team... Still you have so many roles to play in the cricket world...

    The BEST captain ever...........

  • arsingh11 on April 5, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Very good decision in the interest of the team. This will give the new capt 4 years to build and mould his team.

  • RecordHunter on April 5, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Sanga, you better give up Wicket keeping as you are geeting older . But you better retain the captancy..SL need the stability in the cricket team... Maththews is good cadidate 4 the captancy in future, ..

  • asadhlc on April 5, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Wrong Decision !!! Sri Lankan cricket board should not accept this.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Please think again. Sangakkara is one of the best captain we ever seen. It is true Sri Lanka lost the match but played wold class cricket. Without his leadership, it would be hard for Sri Lanka to play great cricket.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I don't understand - look at the prospectives. Dilshan is OLDER than Sanga, and Matthews has yet to establish himself as indispensable to the team. What's going on here?

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Dilshan shouldn't be part of the equation. He was given a chance to lead the team and in all fairness, he seemed to lack the calmness required in pressure situations. Angelo is a good player but he has been getting injured quite a lot. The rest of the team except Thranga and Thilan have trouble holding a place in the team so I'm not sure if this is the best decision by Sanga. Frankly in my opinion Sanga has been an awesome captain. I thought he would captain for a few more years until a player is groomed to take over (possibly Angelo).

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Sangakkara is a genuine sportsperson, playing hard when fighting to win, gracious in defeat. Hats off, mate, and best wishes for the remainder of your cricketing career.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    This is one of the most honorable decisions that a true sportsman has taken in the resent past. I just hope that Sri Lanka Cricket will think far ahead as Sanga has done and look to build a team to win in 2015. Angelo Mathews is the right choice as he has the passion brains and the right temperament. All the best Sanga

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    i guess this choice is heading in the right direction, but prolly 6-12 too early. i might be wrong tho since sanga feels that in his experience 4 years provides the better chance for success. but this may prove to be a have been gamble since murali is gone no one is left in the team with any experience as the national captain or vice-captain, a factor which may unnerve the next captain.

    imo it'll prolly go to mathews. vice would prolly go to most likely upul tharanga. kapugedera could also be thrown in the mix despite his poor form, he was quite the fab player in his youth and the U/19 squad. He was only pushed early into the national team becuase he was future prospect for the captaincy. even tho that plan back fired he'll prolly still have the backing of the selection panel to be within the team with the hope that he'll mature.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    gutted....im bitterly dissapointed....he is my hero..and even we loose he made us proud with his graceful dignified speech..no one could ever do in asian countries so far.there is no words to explain how much im gona miss him as a captain in sl team..u r a legend...we r and will be loved forever...always we will remember ur great speech and great captaincy....

  • Piyum_Fernando on April 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Please stay there. Sanga please stay till Mathews grow. Don't do this. If you love Sri Lankan cricket please stay there. (I wish you can see this)

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    I think Lankans should not accept this... don't wish him good luck man..we need him on our side at least until 2015...is the spirit of Lions!...just because there were few fumbles does not mean that we should be like this...we need to think of the bigger picture here...see how the Australian team collapse after few of their major players left..so we shouldn't be like that...i think the nation should insist him to stay in the captaincy!

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    This doesn't make sense in so many levels. Kumar is one of the most level headed thinkers in the game. Why would he choose to divest himself of the captaincy in this sudden manner? Surely Mathews or whomever the new captain is would benefit in the role of Vice Captain under Sanga for at least an year which would leave him with 3 years of captaincy before the next world cup. There must be some other reason behind this sudden decision.

  • sgeedon on April 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    ok now i can understand........this is what was behind sanga's body language in the final.......seems to be there was somthing massive happened behind the scene of world cup final........next????????? who gonna reveal that??????????

  • VixV on April 5, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    This is a great decision by a great player! We should respect this decision. He has been a great servent to Srilankan Cricket. We surely would like to see him in the team as he is a inspirational and and talented batsman.

    But I do not like the decision to have Dilshan lead the ODI team of Srilanka, I would give advantage to Angelo over him.

  • inshaflive on April 5, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Saga this was not the time to do it.....:( SL Cricket in deep trouble in search of a captain...My Money on Mathews..But he lacks experience!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( This is more dissapointing for me than the World Cup Final Loss.. :(

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    So sad to hear this news.However one can argue that it is a good decision when u think about the future as he become at 37 in 2015.But sri lanka doesn't have a alternative leader when we consider the ages of cricketers.Many suggested angelo mathew is a alternative.However he may not matured to hold such a post and sometime it may destroy whole potential of his future career.So best thing is to continue sanga as captain for another 2 years and then we have to look at players to find a new captain.Then Mathew may be a best option as he matured as a cricket.So it seems that it is too early decision and Board should not allow him to step down as captain.Please do not step down as captain.Sri lanka need you.Whatever decision of you we respect u as u r a true champion and great leader for us.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    This is one of the most honorable decisions that a true sportsman has taken in the resent past. I just hope that Sri Lanka Cricket will think far ahead as Sanga has done and look to build a team to win in 2015. Angelo Mathews is the right choice as he has the passion brains and the right temperament. All the best Sanga

  • lankanman on April 5, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    how about chandimal???? as captain for sure, good young captain

  • Invictusrilankan on April 5, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara is without doubt the best Cricket Captain Sri Lankan Cricket has had. His personality on and off the field and his sharp witted vocabulary on the field makes one of the very few SL cricketers who is capable of mentally destroying an opponent. IF we trusted Sanga with his captaincy and strategy then we should also trust and respect his decision to step down. If it is the wrong move to make...I am sure he will be the first one to admit it and take SL Captaincy up again. Ranatunga was captain cool without doubt...but we have to remember that just like Ranatunga…Sanga is Nobody's Fool!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    This decision is typically Kumar, thinking of the future of the team. He may not be around for 2015, and considering the age of others I think Mathews is the ideal selection. Kumar and Mahela will be around for a while to groom him, but this seems to be the way forward.

  • ganeshraam on April 5, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    The great Jaya did it in 2007 and now the legendary Sanga does it again! What wonderful cricketers they have been for Sri Lanka post the Ranatunga, Aravinda, Jayasuriya, Kalu, Mahanama, Tilakaratne period! hats off to you guys... Was happy that India won the final after 28 years but never saw this coming and I am deeply moved... They are two players who should be treasured by Sri Lanka and its people as they have been great servants of the game and country! Love you guys!

  • nirozon on April 5, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    angelo mathews could be a best option!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Never sanga fail... sanga can play very long time.... we every one with you..... sanga... please don't go ....

  • jerryman on April 5, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    You were a great captain and an ambassador for SLC .. The same happened prev when mahela stepped down from captaincy. Both mahela and kumar will still be able to offer guidance to the new leader. Think Matthews will be a good bet 4 now. dilshan although the senior player should not be taking this position. This will affect his free style of play , in which he scores freely . We need to mold in some younger players .. Give playesr like Dinesh Chandimal. Mendis and more important is to mold a pace bowler of mailngas calibre . what the bowlinga attack needs is wicket taking bowlers to be successful . Lots of work ahead in rebuilding and replacing Malinga & murali.. Selectors should play the best side on merit and current performance.. Politics should not come into play .. Good luck SL and you have 4 years of rebuilding a great team.. Challenges ahead but go full steam to overcome current stalemate . We need to have the mental ability of wanting to win and finish games

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Looks more emotional......Cant even on remote thought of my mind I would think Sanga would do this

  • shihanc on April 5, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    We are the second best ODI team in the tournament, what's the big deal...I can't understand why he should step down...

  • PHANTOM-X on April 5, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    It's NOT a good decision Sanga. Mathews is still new to the scene and Dilshan is too aggressive. you had a bad day in the finals as a captain ( you didn't place enough fielders to block the singles, you didn't use the short ball to dismantle Gautam Gambhir ) but your record as a captain is superb...T20 Finalists, current Asia cup holders, World Cup finalists, beat Australia in Australia 2-1 just before the Ashes. We need you...we don't want a Pakistan like situation in Sri Lanka

  • Rydham on April 5, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    I am from India and I think this is not a good decision by Sanga because there is no one in team - By age as well as by performance, other than Sanga himself who "Could Be" in the next WC. Mahela, Thilan and Dilshan will not be there for sure due to their age. Currently Tharanga (26) is in good form and he also could be in the next WC team so he is one of the options. Mathews requires still more time to get matured as he is neither a good batsman nor a good bowler

  • monisri on April 5, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    He is the best captain Sri Lanka has ever seen. By saying so I do not intend to hurt Mahela or Arjuna. While I respect his decision to relinquish the captaincy, my opinion is that he must stay there for another two years at least to groom a player for the post. Apart from Mathews no other is suitable for captaincy as it may affect their own form. Can we have another captain and vice captain in the middle like Sanga and Mahela. Their talent and the elegance will not be able replace in the middle in foreseeable future. Hats off to you and the team for the lovely entertainment given. -A M M Nizam-

  • Charindra on April 5, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    This is baffling. But I suppose he had his reasons. But I don't think he's revealing everything on his mind with this statement to the press. Best of luck as a player Sanga! You were a good and selfless captain.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    I Hope Giving The Captaincy To Mathews Want Effect His Performance !!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Shocked... can't believe. Sanga selected as the captain for the World IX also. I think he should stay another 2 more years as captain and should let Methews to get some captaincy experiences as his deputy.

  • CaptainCricket77 on April 5, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    There you go. Captain of Deccan in IPL but step down from SL cricket.This is call self interest. He should not join the IPL but focus on Sri Lankan cricket.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    I appreciate sanga's attitude..... he has been on of da best captains for Sri Lanka.....and has been a good example for youngsters !!! BEST OF LUCK SANGA !!!!

  • Dishanstc on April 5, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Sanga's newly acquired grimace was the indication of things to come as always Sri Lanka cricket is been plagued by controversy of an invisible arm

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    its crazy! he needs to be there till 2015

  • rajithwijepura on April 5, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Please sanga, If you really want to lead the team to to win another WC for us stay as our captain till 2012 T20 WC. Anyone can take this job after that. Please

  • Zookinii on April 5, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Please Kumar, you are my hero, one of the best leaders of men I've seen and an intelligent and wonderful person. I've learnt so much from you. Please reconsider this decision, you must maintain your position for some time longer. This is terrible news. Cheers from New Zealand

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    The best captains Mahela, Sanga left gracefully... this is the Sri Lankan brand of Cricket... Angelo might be too young... but it's now or never... South Africa did the same thing to Smith... I think Angelo can lead our team to good fight down under in 2015......All hail Sanga...

  • MENDIS_Forever on April 5, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @kapil gupta : my hats off to u sir! I thought Indian fans don't like him after that miserable no-ball mess.I am wrong.well said.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    This is crazy! We would see almost all new captains in 2015!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    professionals always think one step further...well done kumar....one hell of brave deci.....but b in the team...

  • nadhil on April 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    I Think sanga should have not done this.if u take dilshan.he has no leadership qualities.now you cant give t mathews because he is injured. i dont know slcb will do.

  • sutharshanlk on April 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    We Need cool Caption...like MSD...

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    We want you back Sanga! You shouldn't have done this!

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    It may not be the end of the world, because with both Sanga and Mahela on the field, any new captain will have a wealth of experience and advice to draw from.

  • MENDIS_Forever on April 5, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    hmm...recovering from one shocker.then another one !!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Great Tournament Sanga! I still think you have it in you for the next world cup giving angelo enough time to learn under you and take it from 2015 at the age of 26... because leaving now will leave a big void in leadership in the team.. regardless of you being 37.. you should only leave if there is someone else to pass on to..at least wait a year to see if anyone is good enough to pass on to.. right now this move will kill lankan cricket..

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    I think it has been a mindful, unselfish and a bold decision that sanga had taken to let go the captaincy to groom a young captain to take Sri Lanka into the future.

    But I think as we have done earlier it is better to keep the new and up coming cricketer to play under Sangakkara or Jayawardane as a vice captain for at least another 1-2 years before taking the major role as captain of Sri Lankan Cricket team.

    With some major tours ahead of us it is important for our senior players to absorb the pressure and show the youngsters how it is been done the Sri Lankan way.

    What ever decision you make Sanga, we will always admire your leadership qualities. Captain or not keep up the good work you have been doing for our country.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Sanga has stepped down from captain, but I'm sure he'll give the next captain a hand whenever they need him

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    IPL is held every year (and definitely not as imp as SL's national team), so its no surprise he agreed to captain there. I salute his thinking about grooming SL's captain for next world cup right from now. His statements are wise and very nicely put imo.

  • psushil on April 5, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Wrong Decision....

    SL cricket board must convince Sanga to continue to do the job. There is absolutely nothing wrong Sanga did during this world cup. They have lost to a better team on that day. You can not take a decision over a over night reaction.

    Dilshan is a good player and should remain as, but not as a captain. Mathews is very new to international level. He should first enjoy his game and then take up new responsibility. It is too early for him to consider any such post.

    In short, Sanga must not quit.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    gr8 batsman and good captain. he shouldn't quit his captain ship coz Srilanka needs him to be as good they are now.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    I never saw this coming, I think some thing made him do that. HE NEVER HAD IT IN HIS MIND BEFORE THE FINAL!. But if it is his wish we wish him good luck and I am sure he will score tons and tons of runs. You will be missed as the captain marvel. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    What a shock sanga.. ur da world best captain.. we really miss u. again we are sad

  • simpleadmin on April 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Well this is very unfortunate..Sanga plz reconsider this decision..You led the team very aggressively,so team needs you..

  • andy_0386 on April 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    ohhhhhhh.........it's a again shocking NEWS after ICC's decision of exclusion of Ireland from 2015 World Cup. Sangakara have a lot of cricket in him remaining...he need to work upon his fitness n other areas of improvement. such a devastating cricketer to all opponents. will miss u leading SL.

  • jinath on April 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    dilshan will be 38 by 2015 WC ... :-)

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    It's not a gd decician for the moment..bt it is a gd decicision for the future, 2015 as he(Sanga)said..

  • Reggaecricket on April 5, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    I am sure that there is more to this than meets the eye. I won't be surprised if there are a few more surprises waiting for us. Why did I se something on his face even before the final got underway?

  • yessaurabh on April 5, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Wonder who would be the nerw captain now? sure it cant be Jaywardene again as he already denied this role earlier

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    I strongly believe selection of world cup led him to this decision if chamara silva not in it and dinesh chandimal and jeevan mendis r in then sri lanka would have won the world cup and sanga bit of selfish too we r losing murali and malinga's future uncertain with injury so he must be looking about his records too. BTW sanga is not good as mahela anyway. I think angelo will build a good team towards 2015 world cup. good luck sanga.

  • nzcricket174 on April 5, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    I think Kumar is very smart as he does not want to end up like Ricky Ponting. Now that his best bowler has retired he will let a new era of Sri Lankan cricket begin while he finishes off his playing days (what Ponting should have done).

  • FunkyRaj on April 5, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Very classy guy. I hope he continues to play for a long time to come.

  • on April 5, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    right decision with an eye to future...someone like Dilshan should be given the charge for the next 4 years

  • BDHUNTER on April 5, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Perhaps the best Keeper batsman 2nd to Adam Gili..in all formats of game

  • QamarSuleiman on April 5, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    There are very few cricket players in todays world who really brings the respect to this game.One is Sachin and other is without doubt Sangakarra.SriLankans in general are very nice people too.I am very sad sanga is leaving.Great loss to cricket

  • ROLAYH on April 5, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Dilshan would be a strange choice, as he is older than Sangakara... may not look like it, but he is old. So if Sanga is not expecting to be there at 37, how can we expect Dilshan to be there at 39???

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    ohh my god sanga what re u doing u deserve the captaincy for another four years..you probably the best captain in the world....and ICC also proved that by giving the captaincy of the WC team..PLS reconsider this...we want you...you are real ambassador to our mother land..

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Thats bad! Sanga is a long time leader...But knowing SL cricket, it is best for him !

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Sanga...You made a quick decision....We lead the team to the finals..Thats a great acheivement...Hope Srilankan Cricket Board doesn't accept his resignation...You can do it Sanga...Don't loose hope.....

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    When i first saw it i couldn't believe my eyes 'cause i always thought you're one of the best captains Sri Lanka ever had, but when i read the reason you've given for suddenly stepping down from the captaincy, i realized you have made the right decision! Winning the world cup in Australia will never be an easy task. But with proper planning & hard work it's possible. I think Mathews should be the next captain & Sri Lanka should find a good aggressive coach like Moody! But i think it's better if you stay as the test captain for at least another two years! Over & over again you've proved that you're a great leader & a sportsman! So hats off to you Sanga; you truly are a gentleman!

  • chandau on April 5, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Going by Sanga's reasoning even Dilshan will be in the high 30s by 2015. Mathews seems to be the only guy even at a very young 23. But one can never be sure with these things and Sri Lanka Cricket. Look at the 17 who went to Mumbai and guess how many would still be there in 4 years. Tharanga 26, Dilshan 34, Sanga 33, Mahela 34, thilan 34, Chamara S 31, Chamarara K 24, Angelo 23, Thisara 22, Randiv 26, Murali 39, Kula 29, Mendis 26, Malinga 28, Vassy 37, Dilhara 32, Herath 33.

  • pargat89 on April 5, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Well done sanga.... I liked that u consider SL team's success ahead of ur self. U lead the SL team in a very nice way. Hatz off 2 u... :) Best of luck from an Indian fan... !!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    still need more achievement as captain don't go away

  • DeAmO on April 5, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Shocking!! I don't always agree with Mr. Sangakkara's field placements... then again I'm no expert. But Kumar is a natural leader of men. He has and IS a great ambassador for Sri Lanka cricket. I'm very much saddened to hear of his resignation mostly because there isn't an obvious replacement for the job of Captain. Mathews although promising is too young, and though Dilshan is aggressive he clearly lacks the temperament. It would be somewhat comforting if Jayawardena comes forward, but I don't see that happening. It is no secret that there is much political interference in SLC, and if at all these "officials" are the ones who should resign. Here, Kumar is making himself a "scapegoat" for SL losing the WC finals when the cricket loving public is NOT looking for one. Even if Kumar is not being forced to resign, the timing of his announcement will cause his good name to take a hit with the IPL kick off nearing.

  • Hutchinson on April 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    What a mess...Yesterday he was announced Captain of Deccan in IPL which he didn't decline but today is turning down Srilankan Captaincy.Unbelievable

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    How can you consider samaraweera as a possible test captain, he is too old, you have to groom a long term prospect. Not sure if Dilshan is leadership material, surely this has to be thought through...

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    he is one of my fav cricketer.......loves d inside out shot with lofted bat.......i think he knew xactly wat he is doing ? angelo mathews for oneday matches is my choice for captaincy........

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    A truly selfless decision from one of the few gentlemen of cricket of today.

  • sanath007 on April 5, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Bold decision taken by a true gentleman. saying he would be 37 and he would only like to be in the team on merit and not because of captaincy when the next world cup starts. but i'm sure he'll continue to be the legendary batsman he is for a long time to come

  • game_mayank on April 5, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Right decision based on age factor. Dilshan is the next leader. Hip Hip Hurray for Dilshan.

  • darkmon.SL on April 5, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    It's not like that we have some emerging captain right now,Angelo Mathews is too younger for the job and Dilshan is too older imho(he is older than Sanga,if Sanga is not sure of playing 2015 WC then sadly I don't think Dilly will).This will be a disaster imho,instead Sanga should've groomed Mathews as the next captain than stepping down as captain.Mathews needs some good grooming,he got captaincy potential.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    There is no reason for him to step down - he has been phenomenal as a player and as a captain and is still in his prime. Sri Lanka needs him at the helm. Hope he reconsiders.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe this :( I thought he should have stayed on for a couple more years at least and then groom the next captain. I think 4 years is a long time to start 'building' for the next world cup. There are too many important games before that!

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    This will not be too good for SL. He should continue until next world cup perhaps he should have given it up with T20 captaincy. There is no point of giving the captaincy to Thilan Samaraweers or Dilshan as they will also reach 37/38 by next world cup. The best choice is of cause Mathews but he is too young and not matured enough in the international arena to hold the position. This decision may affect negatively on SL cricket . He should reconsider his decision and management should intervene for the sake of cricket of SL.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    May become right decision for the future of srilankan cricket..................

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    this is utter craziness!!! sanga should continue as the captain, while having the expected captain to be, as vice captain, as he will learn by experience... Yes, to my knowledge, SL cricket team does not have the internal politics, as some of our neighboring teams have. But still, sanga must be the captain, untill sum 1 is ready to take over.

  • em.umair on April 5, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    This guy is a true professional and patriot. God, I loved him as a player and he proved he's an asset for the country. A very sad decision but best for the country's cricket future. Dude! we want to see you in each game Sri Lanka plays, you're someone to watch playing for hours.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    We should honor such gentlemen of the game who always think about the country more than their own individual gain . No doubt Sanga will be very diffcult to replace as captain more so after the performance he and his team had put up in the world cup . However in the interest of Sri Lanka I think it is the wise decision and a bold one . Although I think he will continue to entertain all of us with the majestic skill of his with the blade.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    u need remain as a captain for few year sanga

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    what can we say sanga. i always thought of you as the next punter. u had the attitude and character for that, but i personally think its a bold decision considering sanga will be 37 in the next world cup. hope the captaincy goes to some one who deserves it.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    nice n intelligent move by sanga.....

  • Provenance on April 5, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    another casualty to the World Cup: Smith, Sangakkara, Vettori, Ponting, and possibly Sammy & Strauss. Only Dhoni, Afridi (one never knows) and Shakib Al Hasan remain survivors. Amazing how the pinnacle of Cricket competition can make or break leaders!

  • kurupji on April 5, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Sanga, Sri Lanka will miss you as a Captain. One of the few remaining GENTLEMEN of this game. I still remember a match against England when you voluntarily walked off eventhough England players had not appealed for a caught behind of a very faint touch. Hats off to you Sanga and keep the spirit of sportsmanship alive as long as you can. Best of Luck.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Sanga i m from Pakistan and i m big fan of ur class...u truely is legend.that is proper way to make new captain.i salute ur services for Lanka cricket after pak team it's lankan team that is most liked at my home

  • Shafi79 on April 5, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Angelo will have to lead the team in all formats. Thilan is not a long term captain, and since Sanga has offered to remain as test captain they can ease Angelo into it. But why this decision? Sanga only recently took over from Mahela ... obviously there is more to it than meets the eye!

  • hiran22 on April 5, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Have mixed feelings! Felt he had few yrs left as a captain. He was doing a good job and was leading the side well. Success of a captain is not measured by winning a WC or not. Then many good captains from the past may disqualify.

    On the other hand Sanga probably felt its time for a new start with a new captain for the 2015 WC campaign.

    But he should consider staying in as Test captain. With Murali gone and Malinga's future uncertain, SL test bowling attack is rather depleted. Need a experienced campaigner leading the men in Test format.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Good Luck Sangga... Hope you will keep performing....

  • Praszzgsk on April 5, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Holy Cow.......... Why is this! I don't see any one capable enough to handle the SL team at the moment. Angelo is too young. Dilshan might be...... Still I like to think this is a Dream.

  • jorock on April 5, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    OMG!!! What is happening . I can't understand why he stepping down as captain. He has done well in this world cup as captain as well as batsmen.Srilankan cricket was moving towards the peak ans suddenly he is quitting.

  • rajithwijepura on April 5, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    OMG... What are you doing sanga. Please don't do that. We need you as our captain in all forms of cricket. SLC, Please dont accept his resignation. Pls... Pls... Pls...

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    A true ambassador of cricket!!!

  • Zaeb on April 5, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    its shocking to hear. but hats off to the legend

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    i never hope that situation....... he is a great captain.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Oh C'mon sanga. You shouldn't have to take this decision... wot s de rsn behind that?I recommend only angelo mattews to take the captancy...he got the blood!!!

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Stupid untimely decision. I am an Indian but I like Sanga's captaincy. The world of cricket needs you Sanga.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    This decision is a complete 'Shocker'..:(

  • nzcricket174 on April 5, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    WHOA! Totally unexpected. Would like to see Dilshan as the new captain as Mathews is a still new and does not deserve the burden at the moment.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    This decision is a complete 'Shocker'..:(

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    i think it's nt a good dcsn.he should encourage the young player as the captain.

  • pksprashanth on April 5, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going to suffer a lot because Kumar Sangakkara was a good captain for the Lions.....

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    That's sad... He's a great leader... he should have continued...

  • PrageethPL on April 5, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs ur captaincy Sanga...

  • dilancooray on April 5, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Does Sanga really need to do this? :-(

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    This is a bad loss. I am not sure if Thilan is the replacement for test captaincy. Angelo is a better bet for ODI.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    sad to hear this. one of my top fav cricketer. i think he has still so much left to give SL & the world cricket. will miss u badly.

  • Ignatious.J on April 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    I think its not the best time to step down as captain. He needs to wait and see whether there is any other who can leads the team or he needs to train some one to lead it.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Really sad, He is still in his prime.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I am really perplexed by his decision. he is not alone in the cause of loosing.. anyway that really tsunami kind of news for srilankan cricket..

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Sanga, u r one of the coolest customers out there. U shudn't have stepped down.

  • suji2785 on April 5, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    nice one........................

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Mahela should take over now, we have seen arjuna and arvinda playing musical chairs before.

  • ikey on April 5, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Angelo would be a good choice i think keeping in view a longer time horizon..neverthless great captaincy sanga..admired u most after our dhoni

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!! ITS TOOO EARLY.... HE WAS SURE A GR8 CAPTAIN.....

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  • on April 5, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!! ITS TOOO EARLY.... HE WAS SURE A GR8 CAPTAIN.....

  • ikey on April 5, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Angelo would be a good choice i think keeping in view a longer time horizon..neverthless great captaincy sanga..admired u most after our dhoni

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Mahela should take over now, we have seen arjuna and arvinda playing musical chairs before.

  • suji2785 on April 5, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    nice one........................

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Sanga, u r one of the coolest customers out there. U shudn't have stepped down.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I am really perplexed by his decision. he is not alone in the cause of loosing.. anyway that really tsunami kind of news for srilankan cricket..

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Really sad, He is still in his prime.

  • Ignatious.J on April 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    I think its not the best time to step down as captain. He needs to wait and see whether there is any other who can leads the team or he needs to train some one to lead it.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    sad to hear this. one of my top fav cricketer. i think he has still so much left to give SL & the world cricket. will miss u badly.

  • on April 5, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    This is a bad loss. I am not sure if Thilan is the replacement for test captaincy. Angelo is a better bet for ODI.