Sri Lanka news April 5, 2011

Sangakkara doesn't foresee leadership vacuum

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Kumar Sangakkara has sought to allay fears that there will be a vacuum left in the leadership of the Sri Lankan team after his resignation from captaincy by saying that there was no dearth of men who could take up the role. "I think we have Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews. We have Lasith Malinga and Upul Tharanga for the shorter versions," Sangakkara said. "We have enough candidates to pick from."

Given that the coach's position is also currently vacant, Sangakkara said that this was the right time for a change of captain. "I think the job now is to select a long-term candidate who is able to leave his own mark on Sri Lankan cricket and build the team he wants to build. Also we will be appointing a new coach so it will be nice if everyone starts afresh.

"I think as a cricket playing country this is the time that we have to plan for the future and the future starts now. Not in another six months' time, not in another year, especially if you are building towards the World Twenty20 and the 2015 World Cup. When a World Cup ends, it's time for a change in leadership."

Sangakkara, along with Mahela Jayawardene, has been the face of Sri Lankan cricket over the past few years, and he seamlessly took over the captaincy from Jayawardene in 2009. Sangakkara felt that the mantle of Sri Lankan cricket now rightfully belonged to the younger generation and that is where the new leader would have to come from. "If you really look at our side, me and Mahela, we are, maybe, a few remnants of a past era. New blood has come in and a lot of younger players have stood up and have been counted. So I think now it's their time, it's there future and they need to make sure that they carry this team forward.

"If I had stayed in the job for another year, maybe a year-and-a-half, the new thinking, the freshness wouldn't have been there. That's why I think it's the right time."

Sangakkara had taken the chairman of selectors, Aravinda de Silva, into confidence about three weeks prior to the World Cup about his decision. "I spoke to Aravinda de Silva about it and we didn't want to make any formal announcement or anything at that time because that would have been detrimental to our World Cup effort. And whether we had gone out of the first round of the World Cup or whether we had gone all the way, it wouldn't have mattered, this decision would have still stood.

"We announce it now because I leave for the IPL tomorrow and I need to make sure that the selectors have enough time."

Muttiah Muralitharan was the first person in the team to know about Sangakkara's decision, even before he had conveyed it to de Silva. "I shared it with most of my close associates in the team. Murali and Mahela knew about this long before we started playing the World Cup. Murali always supported me in this decision.

"I shared it with my team over the last few days and they understand why my decision is being made. As a team, they feel very ready to embrace a new leader, a new captain, and support that person to the fullest."

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  • on April 8, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    I dont think this is wish decision. kumar has lead country may be 2 or 3 years. is he tired? i dont know what happen to these guys include aravinda what heppend this much resigns almost 48 hours (back to back shocks). u would have to do this if we out of 1st round... telling this is the right time to fresh or anything... we did well in WC man. only we missed it out in final. nothing going ur way every day. its nature. u gays doing like this lead sl cricket in dark in future. sanga plz lead the team till 2015 like Asiss Captain Taylor did, keep mathews as ur vice like ponting get the cup we missed in 2011 then he will take it from there. in our team there only 6 men r settled players right this time. Dilshan,Tharanga,Sanga,Mahela and mathews.malinga. 5 spaces r available. plz look about that and find new talend. other whys this kind of resigns lead our cricket so back....to dark like west Indies cricket. so plz think again plz

  • BiSONN on April 7, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Malinga and Dilshan are NOT options, so I don't know what Sanga is on about. Dilshan is older than him! So how would making him captain solve anything? As for Malinga, he himself has said that he does not see himself playing the next world cup because of fitness issues, so he's automatically out of the question. So that only leaves us with Matthews and Tharanga, and granted that they are both with very bright futures, but both also have a lot to learn in cricket let alone leading a side. Choosing between two players is hardly spoilt for choice as Sanga is showing.

  • thayil.hyd on April 7, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Hey sanga hope the lankan team is indebted fr your services....any ways your killer instincts will be of great help when you take charge of the deccan chargers

  • courierpost on April 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    best front-foot player all time

  • TheShawshankRedemption on April 7, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Now is the time. Sangakara was a gentleman when he said India deserved Winners. Who on this earth has that heart nowadays. Now again he has proved it. Who is next? Except Dilshan, Tharanga and Matthews no one actually is a permanent member of the side now. There is no option but to give the chance to one of these 3. I guess Tharanga will be a good choice than others. Mathews can establish himself in the team and then go for the Captaincy. Looking at long term now itself will not work for SL because there is no permanent member in the side. Dilshan is not a good captain either. Best choice is Tharanga as of now. After 1 year may be they can see who has performed well and hand it over to them.

  • on April 7, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    right now no one is der to replace sanga as captain, its bad for sl cricket

  • on April 6, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Bring back ChAMINDA VASS captain give him good farewell after 1 or 2 years

  • irfans1 on April 6, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    next captain : Matthews Vice captain: Tharanga

  • Akheel on April 6, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Sanga, You are a true leader and admire your openness.... Thanking you immensely for your services as Captain of SL.you did all of us proud!

  • Mutukisna on April 6, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Mr Sangakkara, sad to see you resign from the captaincy but your decision to stand down must be respected. You played the game in the best traditions of it and played it hard but fair. You always walked when you knew you were out even before an umpire raised his finger and you immediately disclaimed a catch if it was not cleanly taken thereby obviating the need for a review. A shining example to all modern cricketers! You are a credit to the education system in Sri Lanka and a great advertisement of what is good in the country. An excellent communicator you will be sorely missed but your continued selection and presence in the SL team can only be beneficial to Sri Lanka cricket. This is not just my own view but it is that of most people I know. As regards the toss at the WC Final, a radio station's microphone had apparently picked up that you had also called correctly the first time. Good luck in your new role as a player in the team.

  • on April 8, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    I dont think this is wish decision. kumar has lead country may be 2 or 3 years. is he tired? i dont know what happen to these guys include aravinda what heppend this much resigns almost 48 hours (back to back shocks). u would have to do this if we out of 1st round... telling this is the right time to fresh or anything... we did well in WC man. only we missed it out in final. nothing going ur way every day. its nature. u gays doing like this lead sl cricket in dark in future. sanga plz lead the team till 2015 like Asiss Captain Taylor did, keep mathews as ur vice like ponting get the cup we missed in 2011 then he will take it from there. in our team there only 6 men r settled players right this time. Dilshan,Tharanga,Sanga,Mahela and mathews.malinga. 5 spaces r available. plz look about that and find new talend. other whys this kind of resigns lead our cricket so back....to dark like west Indies cricket. so plz think again plz

  • BiSONN on April 7, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Malinga and Dilshan are NOT options, so I don't know what Sanga is on about. Dilshan is older than him! So how would making him captain solve anything? As for Malinga, he himself has said that he does not see himself playing the next world cup because of fitness issues, so he's automatically out of the question. So that only leaves us with Matthews and Tharanga, and granted that they are both with very bright futures, but both also have a lot to learn in cricket let alone leading a side. Choosing between two players is hardly spoilt for choice as Sanga is showing.

  • thayil.hyd on April 7, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Hey sanga hope the lankan team is indebted fr your services....any ways your killer instincts will be of great help when you take charge of the deccan chargers

  • courierpost on April 7, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    best front-foot player all time

  • TheShawshankRedemption on April 7, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Now is the time. Sangakara was a gentleman when he said India deserved Winners. Who on this earth has that heart nowadays. Now again he has proved it. Who is next? Except Dilshan, Tharanga and Matthews no one actually is a permanent member of the side now. There is no option but to give the chance to one of these 3. I guess Tharanga will be a good choice than others. Mathews can establish himself in the team and then go for the Captaincy. Looking at long term now itself will not work for SL because there is no permanent member in the side. Dilshan is not a good captain either. Best choice is Tharanga as of now. After 1 year may be they can see who has performed well and hand it over to them.

  • on April 7, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    right now no one is der to replace sanga as captain, its bad for sl cricket

  • on April 6, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Bring back ChAMINDA VASS captain give him good farewell after 1 or 2 years

  • irfans1 on April 6, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    next captain : Matthews Vice captain: Tharanga

  • Akheel on April 6, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Sanga, You are a true leader and admire your openness.... Thanking you immensely for your services as Captain of SL.you did all of us proud!

  • Mutukisna on April 6, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Mr Sangakkara, sad to see you resign from the captaincy but your decision to stand down must be respected. You played the game in the best traditions of it and played it hard but fair. You always walked when you knew you were out even before an umpire raised his finger and you immediately disclaimed a catch if it was not cleanly taken thereby obviating the need for a review. A shining example to all modern cricketers! You are a credit to the education system in Sri Lanka and a great advertisement of what is good in the country. An excellent communicator you will be sorely missed but your continued selection and presence in the SL team can only be beneficial to Sri Lanka cricket. This is not just my own view but it is that of most people I know. As regards the toss at the WC Final, a radio station's microphone had apparently picked up that you had also called correctly the first time. Good luck in your new role as a player in the team.

  • AnasNZ on April 6, 2011, 11:15 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.

  • stormy16 on April 6, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Dilshan is older than Sanga so makes no sense if its the next generation that is being sought. Malinga will be lucky to play much cricket with injuries and guy has no leadership skills or experience which Tharana also lacks. All roads eventuall lead to Mathews - now or in two years. The guy captained under 19 and has leadership qualities and is the next generation so give it to him and lets move on.

  • Rudrajit on April 6, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    The Captain, the vice captain, the coach, the selectors all resigning within 48 hours to signal the rebirth of what exactly?

  • IMObserver on April 6, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Sanga should have continued for a year to facilitate smooth transition. More than four years as a captain is too taxing. Vettori probably did it better by announcing well ahead of WC to avoid missinterpretation. I hope Sanga can make to the next WC as a player.

  • ananthramanan on April 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    More than the logic of Sangakkara stepping down, what is more significant is the way the need for planning succession is brought forth. The reasons stated are the right ones. To be prepared for WC 2015. This outlook will ensure a fabulous WC 2015 as well.

  • janoodot on April 6, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Hats off to you Sir!!! A true captain & a sportsman..... U r a model example for any 1....(specially for politicians)

  • MaxG9 on April 6, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    They say the best time to leave is when people ask Why? & not When? You are a class act.

    However, I really feel that Dilshan doesn't have the sufficient leadership qualities & Matthews is perhaps a tad too young at this stage & prone to injuries. Malinga (more injury problems than Matthews) & Tharanga do not bear considering. Why not wait a couple of years more & then let Matthews ( injuries attended to) to take over for WC 2015?

    Thanks Sanga & your good friend Mahela for the effort put into to build on what Arjuna, Aravinda, Murali & Vaas (amongst several others) did, & for the memories!

    MaxG9

  • skhurram.com on April 6, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara!

    You have always been on top of my "Gentlemen playing cricket" list. When it comes to the game, I really admires you and firmly believe from your very start that you have the skills, talent and passion to become the greatest ever batsman played for Srilanka. It is again sad to see that age wouldn't be at your end by the next world cup but it could be blessing in disguise. Kumar Sangakkaar, you have 3-4 years on your side. I see you leaving the wicket keeper role in around 1-2 years and I wish you that you use this time to complete all your under-achievements so far as batsman when it comes to your talent and skills...

    Good Luck Kumar!

  • SajithKrishna on April 6, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Sanga, Smith and Vettori step down to give Dilshan, Abd and Taylor the captaincy respectively! Cricket is heading to a new era where the dominating power has shifted towards India and 3 young captains leading 3 crucial test teams ahead of the Test Championship! Way to go! Looking forward to it!

  • on April 6, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Sanga ... noble decision, at a time where aging cricketers demand a place in the side for the skills they portrayed long years back . However, please be open to take over the leadership if it falls vacant again 2 years later from now. Remember the rest of the team other than You Mahela, and Murali are still finding their own roles in the team, and are pretty new to the whole scene.

    Leading a subcontinent team while still learning the ropes of how to survive in the team is not a joke. Having said this the appointment of captain needs to be decided by the administration and you being the professional you are, have left it to them .You Mahela could have held on to these positions till the cows came home , and you very well deserved to do it too. But you have told the world that the Sri Lankan cricket captaincy is not some thing that you get to keep but its some thing you earn through merit year in year out ...WELL DONE SIR, we salute you !!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    U r the best captain and a great leader, i agree your decision. Anyway i wish Angelo Mathews as a next captain, because he is very young and talented.

  • on April 6, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    i think, mahela should hold the leadership until next world cup. till mathews and tharanga get some more experience

  • on April 6, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    may be can change vise-captaincy to grow someone as a captain ... but Sanga should lead 2015 world cup i guess

  • Charindra on April 6, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Well done Sanga. Great job! Now bring back Mahela please! He's awesome.

  • yohandf1984 on April 6, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    @ Sujan Rao . U may be kidding . If Dhoni (with 54 Test 166 ODI to date) can be a captain 3 years ago ,why cant Dilshan with 66 tests and 203 ODI s. and he was in international arena since 1998 and i cant understand u telling not experienced enough. but i prefer Mathews as we want a long time character to lead the team.

  • on April 6, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    so his he gonna play till next world cup nad support the team

  • RajithaS on April 6, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Continued from previous comment...

    At the moment, there are only two players I can think of that are must players. Players that MUST be in the team. That is Dilshan and Angelo Mathews. We all felt Angelo's absence in the WC Finals. But of these two players if I'm not mistakes Dilshan has already captain the side once or twice and he just did not show any captaincy material. We need a cool guy for the job. We need people like Arjuna, Mahela and Sanga. Personality also goes a long way in a good captain. I don't know whether Angelo has those qualities since we haven't seen him captain yet. But all I can say is that Dilshan does not seem to have those qualities.

  • RajithaS on April 6, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    A very wise decision by Sanga. These are the sort of people we need in the team.Players that think abt the country and not abt each other. He lead the team that beat Ausies in Ausies in a series for the first time. He took the team to the world cup finals. Did he's bit with the bat by being the third highest scorer of the entire tournament. So give it up on a high. Great ambassador for sports all across the globe. Sanga knows that by the time the next world cup comes around in 2015, he will be 37. And at that age he would have lost he's touch at least a little and therefore he's place in the team is not guaranteed. A captain has to be somebody who is a sure player in the side. No matter what the situation is the captain has to be a player who is a must in the team. Like Mahela and Sanga was the last 4-6 years. But by 2015 Sanga and Mahela might not be must have players in the side. So great move by Sanga.

  • Karthik_CricketFan on April 6, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Proud of sanga !! You rock !!

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Ranatunga transformed the way srilanka played cricket and Sanga has brought that aggressiveness that was lacking in the Lankan Team. But hopefully he can give the team more as a batsman. He made the best of what was little given to him. We Salute u sanga. Hope you give the same to the Deccan Chargers.C u in hyderabad.

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    One World Cup ends and u look at the next world cup and say u "a few remnants of a past era"... Are u kidding me? u r just tired after the campaign.Thats all.Not for this foolish IPL,u could take some time and come fresh.Please Sanga,work with someone new as ur deputy for one year and then resign.Having Mahela VC for world cup is great, but the new captain should first have been VC, di=ont u think?

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Yes, I respect his views. But as Sujan Rao aptly put it there is no successor in-waiting (Dilshan is older than Sanga & the rest are too young). Those who will like to see SL cricket go down the drain will endorse it, but ere is no reason for Sanga to step down until a a good replacement is in place. Only hope is SL Cricket will ask him to go on til a good replacement is found and Sanga acceeds. After all ICC Expert Panel selected Sanga as the ICC World Cup Team! NJ.

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

    When I heard this I was shocked, but looking at the reason you are mentioning, I am 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 the vice captain can continue as captain. Which will be a good decision for the SL cricket.

  • on April 6, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Dont give up the captaincy sanga..Its so riddiculous to see one of dilshan,mathews,tharanga and malinga as our skipper...if you cant lead our team anymore the only OPTION is Mahela! others have no leadeship qualities yet! they need practice!

  • on April 6, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    u r amazing n u r d luckiest person that evr i h cn in any version or format of d game or life......u r such a role for SL team..I lv u Sangaaaaaaaaaaaa..u r my herooooooooooooooooo...mwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • courierpost on April 6, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Good thinking and wish you all the best, outstanding to say goodbye when ICC chose you as the best person to captain the world of cricket.

  • WannaBeRusta on April 6, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    What a gentleman and a sportsman. Sanga - you have been a wonderful captain and a great leader. This will be a great example for all the other cricketing nations. Proud to be a Sri Lankan.

  • on April 6, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    sanga you are one of the great captains...gud luck.......

  • timus6778 on April 6, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    sanga...wise decision...like your vision of a new srilankan team under a different leader...well played sanga..u have been my favorite for so long.

  • saadbinzahid on April 6, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Sanga was the best captain by all means even better than Arjuna... man u must not give up

  • SamAlex2 on April 6, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    As Tendulkar has shown, 37 is not that old. Sanga could have stayed on till the next world cup when he'd be 37 years old. Having too many ex-captains in the team makes it hard for the new captain. Anyway, i hope the Sri Lankan team overcomes these issues.

  • hirunda on April 6, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    I Believe this is a perfect decision to make time wise. The team can build itself up from where Sanga left with a new rebeliant attitude. And sanga and Mahela can breath easy and work freely on what they do and what they do can soon be the best in the world. I think its such a positive attitude to have faith in the next generation of players early enough and mould them to be perfect, mature and "2015 World Cup Ready". All the best for the next leader and all the best for Sanga. We will miss Murali, Vass, Sanath along the way and they are quiet big shoes to fill. But we Sri Lankans not know any fear.

  • on April 6, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    yes as a player.not as an aggressive captain.

  • on April 6, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Sanga, We salute you ! You and your decisions made us proud of Sri Lanka !

  • on April 6, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    Would llike to have Sanga as a commentator someday . He is eloquent cultured and classy.

  • CaptainCricket77 on April 6, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    lets see how he will defend Deccan Charges in the IPL cricket tournament which begins on Friday.I am sure he will defend better than the finals.Its a shame.......

  • on April 5, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    This seems like joke to me. Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga and Upul Tharanga are not experienced enough to lead a national team.

    I don't see this happening, but SL Cricket can get a revival only in the hands of Mahela Jayawardene again.

  • on April 5, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    Hall mark of an outstanding cricketer who has done the best for the team and the country. Very wisely chosen the right time to go with head held high. Sri Lanka should be indebted to such outstanding personalities like Kumar and Mahela. All the more reason why I feel so proud to be a sri Lanka.

  • on April 5, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    dilshan is older than him and mathews is only 23 i think he's too young hmmm..

  • yorkslanka on April 5, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    You have the thoughts of SL cricket as a priority. I hope you continue to play and continue to help our country.you have been a great captain and led by example on an off the field

  • on April 5, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Great Guy, saw him playing against NZ in Mumbai and understood why he is so great..Cant say if it is a good decision,however hope it helps him to play the way he has so far in his span.

  • ashrogue on April 5, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    I bow to you Sanga. Now I see why postponing it by a year or two can't help the transition. Now everyone's minds are fresh and everyone openly accept their deficiencies (having failed to reach the summit). Now is indeed the time for the new skipper. Let him have a team of willing, open team mates.

  • on April 5, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    This is a sad day for Sri Lankan cricket because it will mark the end of a good era. Mathews, Dilshan, Tharanga are not captaincy material. Their playing stats are nothing special. Dilshan isn't calm in a crisis, Mathews is usually injured and hasnt even made a big impact in any form of the game and well....as for Tharanga...he only seems to do well on home pitches, has a medicre record and neither of these guys have any real solid experience leading a team. So basically Sri lankan cricket is finished.

  • on April 5, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Nooooo, You are a signature of sheer class and gallantry Kumara, one of the most graceful captains in the sport. --- I am not Lankan but it surely doesnt take Lankan to point that out.

  • CricketpunditUSA on April 5, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Hope the "Toss Gate" has nothing to do with this...

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Sangakkara has bred in the values of 'ruthless cricket' in the Sri Lankans..... hats off man.... i respect his decision completely and i think he will play a key role in the grooming of the new captain whoever it is

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Great Caption and one of the best batsmen and the best WK batsmen of all time

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    i am fan of sanga's batting technique, wicketkeeping skills, resilience, leadership and now patriotism. a very rare combination :). I wish you best of luck sanga, you'll cross many milestones and win more fans and their respect.

  • Lakmalnj on April 5, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Sanga......This is the correct descion. U failed to achive success to the team as captain.

    But the new captain should be Mahela not anyone else.Thilan might be useful as a test capt.He is cool headed person. But ODI and T20 capatincy should goes to Mahela.Otherwise our cricket will be a mess. Dilshan too old for Capitancy (he is 1 year older than you) and didn't show captancy skills upto now. Mathews will be good capt. but still he is too young.

    So Captaincy should goes to Mahela again.

  • SrikanthReddi on April 5, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Sangakkara has been the one of the class acts from old school. He is the best batsman from Srilanka post Aravinda Desilva era. Wish you all the best to achieve more success personally and for the team. Sorry, you had to face India in finals.

  • donda on April 5, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    These two guys Mahela and Sangakara are showing the right path to all cricketers in the world, if you are not capable of wining the WC and cannot prepare a team then you should not be captain. We can see lots of selfish captains who stayed even big loses just for their pride but Sangakara is no normal human being, he is giving good example to every body that if you fail to win it then you quit and give youngsters a chance.

    Great decision and you are really hell of a cricketer.

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    After Arjuna Ranatunga, you make us very proud . IL LUV U SANGA ,UR AN OUTSTANDING GENTLEMEN , CAPTAIN AND PLAYER. you're the best captain of the year.

  • KingOwl on April 5, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    I think Sanga is being overly humble. You are no remnant of the past. You are very much the present, and the future for the next 2-3 years, at least. But, captaincy-wise, sure a change may be good, provided we pick the right chap.

  • Ignatious.J on April 5, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Okey Sanga.. But Still I dont think the others have enough experiences to lead the team (except you and Mahela). Let's see whats happening in the future. Hope everything will get back to normal very soon. We as Sri Lankan fans faced too many disappointments within the past week. Hoping not to hear any more news like this about SLC.

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Well dilshans 34 and Matthews is 24 , not the best choices eh ..???

  • inshaflive on April 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    U r an outsanding gentleman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!All Over the World u r recognized as a Classy Batsman....Still Sad About Resigning the Captainship....Whatever We need more from u..U make us proud.....

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  • inshaflive on April 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    U r an outsanding gentleman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!All Over the World u r recognized as a Classy Batsman....Still Sad About Resigning the Captainship....Whatever We need more from u..U make us proud.....

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Well dilshans 34 and Matthews is 24 , not the best choices eh ..???

  • Ignatious.J on April 5, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Okey Sanga.. But Still I dont think the others have enough experiences to lead the team (except you and Mahela). Let's see whats happening in the future. Hope everything will get back to normal very soon. We as Sri Lankan fans faced too many disappointments within the past week. Hoping not to hear any more news like this about SLC.

  • KingOwl on April 5, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    I think Sanga is being overly humble. You are no remnant of the past. You are very much the present, and the future for the next 2-3 years, at least. But, captaincy-wise, sure a change may be good, provided we pick the right chap.

  • on April 5, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    After Arjuna Ranatunga, you make us very proud . IL LUV U SANGA ,UR AN OUTSTANDING GENTLEMEN , CAPTAIN AND PLAYER. you're the best captain of the year.

  • donda on April 5, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    These two guys Mahela and Sangakara are showing the right path to all cricketers in the world, if you are not capable of wining the WC and cannot prepare a team then you should not be captain. We can see lots of selfish captains who stayed even big loses just for their pride but Sangakara is no normal human being, he is giving good example to every body that if you fail to win it then you quit and give youngsters a chance.

    Great decision and you are really hell of a cricketer.

  • SrikanthReddi on April 5, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    Sangakkara has been the one of the class acts from old school. He is the best batsman from Srilanka post Aravinda Desilva era. Wish you all the best to achieve more success personally and for the team. Sorry, you had to face India in finals.

  • Lakmalnj on April 5, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Sanga......This is the correct descion. U failed to achive success to the team as captain.

    But the new captain should be Mahela not anyone else.Thilan might be useful as a test capt.He is cool headed person. But ODI and T20 capatincy should goes to Mahela.Otherwise our cricket will be a mess. Dilshan too old for Capitancy (he is 1 year older than you) and didn't show captancy skills upto now. Mathews will be good capt. but still he is too young.

    So Captaincy should goes to Mahela again.

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    i am fan of sanga's batting technique, wicketkeeping skills, resilience, leadership and now patriotism. a very rare combination :). I wish you best of luck sanga, you'll cross many milestones and win more fans and their respect.

  • on April 5, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Great Caption and one of the best batsmen and the best WK batsmen of all time