Sri Lanka news April 18, 2011

Dilshan named captain for England tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been appointed Sri Lanka's captain for all three formats during the upcoming tour of England in May following Kumar Sangakkara's resignation from the post after the World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket have not yet named a vice-captain to fill the role vacated by Mahela Jayawardene because "the prospective candidates are nursing injuries, and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question."

Dilshan's appointment ends the speculation over whether he, or 23-year-old allrounder Angelo Mathews, would be named as Sangakkara's immediate successor. Mathews is presently fighting to recover from a leg injury which he said could keep him out for eight weeks.

In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, Sangakkara, who resigned with a view of giving the next captain enough time to build a team before the 2015 World Cup, had backed either player to take over the captaincy. "If they think Angie [Angelo] is too young then Dilshan will do a good job because he has these little touches for success. Anything he does on the field, he has this little knack," he said. "I don't know whether he will be the long-term candidate with his age, but if he keeps himself fit he can easily play the next World Cup."

Dilshan, 34, previously led Sri Lanka to a win in a triangular ODI series in Zimbabwe - the third team being India - in May-June 2010, apart from captaining the side in two Twenty20 internationals in 2008 and 2009. Presently with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, Dilshan is coming off a rich vein of form in the World Cup, in which he topped the batting table with 500 runs from nine matches at 62.50.

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  • Bhagya on April 20, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006::You don't know about our young brigade. Chandimal(who scored a century against Indians),Banuka Rajapaksha,Chathura Peris(very good under 19 players).You just wait buddy......We have very good replacements

  • rustyryan on April 20, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @Sanga_N_Mahiya : Wow. Amidst all the fight, i liked the way u used the term "Machan". As i'm from Tamil Nadu we also frequently use Machan / Machi in conversation. :)

  • Sanjeev on April 20, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    India and Pakistan were the best teams in the ppl are wondering about retirement of Sachin Dravid and Lax..well mate think abou who will replace superstars like Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga even find a replacement for Murli!!!!

  • Sanjeev on April 20, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    at least we won series in england and drew in SA ur current team widout murali and widout any fast bowler apart from malinga will not win a single test in Eng and SA mark my words!!!

  • Bhagya on April 20, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @ LankanWonder,,,,,You are absolutely ccorrect machan.

  • buddhika on April 20, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    English is not the matter...pls dont talk nonsense..Thats the best option at this moment and it is a goot test for him to change his style to lead the team while keeping his aggressive bating style which could make a good impact to boost the moral of the Team

  • boy on April 20, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006: Erm, Sub continent = flat tracks. The Asia cup and world cup was held in sub continent which consists of flat tracks. India is dubbed as flat track heaven and the World cup final was held in flat track heaven to give Sachin a good farewell (Why doesn't he retire and give an opportunity to young players like Rayudu, Badri? Proves my point of being a selfish player) Every person who is knowledgeable about cricket knows India has flat tracks. So I think I've got my facts right. Sure we lost the finals 3 times in a trot, but we did well enough to qualify to the finals in bouncy pitches. What about India? Kicked out of group stages in 2007 wc (WI), Last place in group stages in t20 wcs (ENG & WI) Shows who the flat track bullies are now eh mate?

  • Sanjeev on April 20, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @lankan wonder if india is flat track bully tell me how india won the matches at perth and durban..won series in Eng, WI, Pak,NZ, drew series in SL, Aus, this with ur team..ohh well if Indians are flat track bullies, why SL are not flat track bullies why they lost to India in Asia cup and World cup, why ur team lost in 3 finals on the trot, why ur team as yet has not won any test in India..get the facts rite

  • Sanjeev on April 20, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    @KANCHANA623 dilshan well we are not afraid of dilshan etc cause we have defeated u in so many finals in the last 2 years notably Asia cup and world cup..we are so happy

  • duminda on April 20, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    nlambada srilnaka beat england 5-0 in eng and sa 5-0 in sl without murali, they won test series against SA,PAK,NZ without murali, so ur comment are false again, keep dreaming malinga to retire in ur fantasy world, he's only 27 ha ha ha

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