Sri Lanka news January 23, 2012

Dilshan quits as Sri Lanka captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tillakaratne Dilshan has stepped down as Sri Lanka captain in all three formats, a day after the ODI series against South Africa concluded.

"Dilshan has resigned as Captain in all three formats of the game," a Sri Lanka Cricket release stated. "Members of the Executive committee take this opportunity to thank Dilshan for his commitment and dedication during his tenure as the National Captain. We also wish him well as he continues to represent Sri Lanka as a National Player."

Dilshan took over as captain from Kumar Sangakkara after the 2011 World Cup, led his team on tours to England, the UAE [against Pakistan] and South Africa and at home against Australia. His captaincy came under severe criticism as Sri Lanka lost both the Test and ODI series against all the four countries.

Dilshan's form with the bat dipped during his captaincy as well and despite a historic Test win in Durban, Sri Lanka's first in South Africa, the loss in the Test series as well as the five-match ODI series put him under added pressure.

Sri Lanka Cricket was expected to offer the captaincy to Mahela Jayawardene, who said he will take some time to think over it after the offer was made.

Dilshan led Sri Lanka in 11 Tests since May 2011, of which his team won one Test and lost five. His own average during his tenure was 33.60, as opposed to his overall average of 40.89. In the same period, he led in 21 ODIs, winning eight and losing 13. His batting suffered more on the ODI front, as he averaged 20.95 in comparison to his overall figure of 34.68.

Dilshan's resignation has become part of a series of changes in Sri Lanka's leadership during and since the tour to South Africa. SLC appointed a new selection panel with Ashantha de Mel as chairman, replacing the one led by Duleep Mendis, and Geoff Marsh is to be replaced as coach by South African Graham Ford.

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  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    It wasn't the Dilshan's fault.He proved it by last 2 ODIs.But it's good to quits as captain.Last few months all were gone to wrong to him.He had to get captancy because he was the experienced player after Mahela n Sanga.At the end he got labeled as a UNSUCCESSFUL captain. But its not his fail.Go n do ur job Dilshi to team as a free member.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Will just wait and see how Mahela performs with the bat and as a captain in down under. I am sure there will be few more changes at the end of this tour. Mahela can write good columns.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    He won a test .. could have won the ODI series .. strange. Not many teams win in South Africa this decision must be based on something that must have happened in the dressing room

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Indians who insult our lions are very funny sight to us. See Indians TEST team .... All big names scared.... :D but see how their batting..... like our school team..... (SL school teams are better) .... Lions will come to see soon Indians in Australia...... So wait n see what will happen..... before that atleast try to draw last test.......

  • Kepili on January 24, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    To prevent repeated failures, changes are necessary....but that wont help, when the most required changes are happening in a disastrous manner..!!! Appointing a proper Team Selection Committee is the most vital aspect of all changes required in SL cricket..!!! Dulip Mendis Vs Asantha de Mel with a bunch of henchmen in the inner circle, will continuously create a "no winning" situation for SL. The only way SL Cricket can live up to its potential is, appointing a genuine selection committee similar to the following: Sidath Wetthamuny - well respected former star with a proper view, Aravinda de Silva - one of the best produced by SL with a balanced mind and immense experience, Romesh Kaluwitharana - exiting former star appeared on pure talent, who gave 100% to the team, Upul Chandana - One of the most discriminated and underutilized former player, who was never given a fair chance to establish despite his all-round abilities and commitment..!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Dilshan I say this is a very good idea Sri Lanka just may have some more hope now. and wile u were captain of tests come down the innings with Matthews

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    It is a wise decision by Dilshan because the people are making Dilshan the scapegoat for team's losses. Team lost not only because of Dilshan's captaincy, equally the blame must go to the senior players who played as if they wanted to loose. To any impartial cricket fan, the motive for Jayawardena's failures is very clear. And now he has achieved what he wanted, so he can start playing well and take the Sri Lanka on the winning path. Dilshan and the rest without him show the world what Sri Lanka can do in the last two games, so it is up to Jayawardena to continue the good work started by Dilshan and the rest, in his absence.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    when he almost showing the team with him, he quit.hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @arvin This is what you said "and then there is rahul dravid / a great test batsman but most shameless captain... he declared after india first round exit from wc 2007 that why should he quit captainship unless selectors drop him..." . What poppycock! Dravid offered to resign rightaway but stayed on for the England tour and quit after that once he won the series for India. With this record,in what way is Dravid shameless? Even Tendulkar decided enough was enough when he did not succeed as Captain. And let me just say that not one Lankan batsman has the stature of either of these greats. That's not to say that they are not great but certainly they are not in the same level as Dravid or Tendulkar. I admire Dilshan's decision to quit when he could not cut it as Captain and wish him all the best as a player in the SL eleven. He is a courageous and skillful player and deserves to play for some more time.

  • Dark on January 24, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Dilly will undoubtedly be a star batsmen once again. the guy with 140+ strike rate in all forms of the game. expect fifteen centuries from dilly the lightning in 2012

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