Sri Lanka news January 23, 2012

Dilshan quits as Sri Lanka captain

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.......

  • dhanuhskaS 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..!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Darkmanx12155 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.......

  • dhanuhskaS 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..!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:37 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Darkmanx12155 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

  • johnathonjosephs on January 24, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Waiting to see Mahela captain tests again. His average with the bat is 60 when he captains in a Test.

  • hassuranga on January 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Srilanka lost most aggressive captain they ever had.

  • hassuranga on January 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka lost most aggressive captain for the last decade.

  • WildAmigo on January 24, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    IPL end his International Career. As it did for Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. So as it did for Indian Players as they are being thrashed by the Aussies in Test the main reason is IPL. Dilshan is ready for IPL season this is a part of it. So stay cool guys.

  • SL_Cric on January 24, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela could win Matches bcos Jayasuriya,Dilshan, Murali and VAAS had them..But Dilshan had non performing Mahela and Sanga on his team...so we cant say Dilshan's captaincy was bad...He cant do anything when batsman cant make runs.....

    Even in last world cup we could go to the FINAL bcos of DILSHAN..he was the LEADING runs taker in the world in that world cup Even tendulkar and Shewag under him..SO Without Dilshan we cant talk about Sangakkara's captaincy..

    Sanga and Mahela should be responsible for Dilshan's weak captaincy as they didnt make runs.......I like DILSHAN other than anyone in the CURRENT TEAM...

  • SL_Cric on January 24, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Dilshan accepted captaincy when Mahela and Sanga refused to accept captaincy for the ENGLAND tour as Mahela and Sanga wanted to play IPL for MONEY at that time..As a SRI LANKEN we all SALUTE Dilshan for accepting Captaincy...I beleive a leader sholud be like....should fight till the end not just left the game....

    Real question to be asked was , should there a place to MAHELA in the ODI SQUAD. During last Ten months period our TEAM performance became to WORST and even we were ALL OUT for 43....Many changes done and nothing WORKED... But once Mahels DROPPED from the TEAM we started to WIN...Chased 299 very esily in the first match after Mahela dropping and in next game 312 was also chased and WON...Now our team have the CONFIDENCE to chace any SCORE like we had in 1996. Youngters like Thirimanne, Chandimal, Thisara showed how to perform and how to PLAY MORE POSITIVELY.I think this team is good for next AUSTRALIAN TOUR and MAHELA should have been DROPPED...If we target next world cup t

  • on January 24, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Cricket is a mind game and its a game for men and not for boys, Sangakkara is mentally tough and he could be the one candidate who could fill the Void which he has left. If Sangakkara leads Srilanka, then im sure that Srilankan Lions could roar again.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 24, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    @GUPTA .ANKUR . STOP CRITICZING SRILAKAN TEAM . THEY WON A TEST IN SA & SHOWED FIGHTBACK IN THE ODI SERIES TOO , SHOULD HAVE WON THE ODI SERIES IF RAIN HAS NOT COME IN THIRD ODI . LOOK AT YOUR INDIAN TEAM WHO HAS LOST 7 BACK TO BACK TESTS , 4 WITH AN INNINGS & YOUR PALYERS ATTITUDE " WE WILL SEE YOU IN OUR OWN BACKYARD " IS PATHETIC .

  • FadeToBlack on January 24, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur I think you guys should worry about your own middle order's performance in overseas conditions. Our middle order did just fine in SA including our young batsmen who gave match winning performances.

  • bramville on January 24, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Bad choice on the part of Sri Lankan Cricket board to appoint Dilshan as the Captain. What they succeeded in is damaging his morale. He lost all the series under his captaincy which probably affected his free flowing game too, and now its going to take him a while to regain his confidence. Dishan like Shewag is a hard hitting batsman with a free flowing game, giving the responsibility of a captain will only hinder their normal style of playing because the responsibilities of capatining makes them cautious in the approach towards the game. All the best to Mahela, he has been one of the pillars of Sri Lankan Cricket and i feel he will do well int he tri-series in Australia.

  • FadeToBlack on January 24, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Very short sighted comment from my fellow SL supporters regarding Mahela's place in the team. He has been getting his 30's and it wont be long for the big innings to arrive. He is the ideal person for captaincy even more than Sanga and it's a relief our selectors had got something right at last. Dilshan was a very short sighted appointment as I think most people in SL knew he wasnt the right man for the job even though the selectors couldnt see this fact. Just remember his captaincy against India in a T20. Anyway the right choice has been made finally and all the best to Mahela and the team in Aussie.

  • joseyesu on January 24, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Sad to have this news. this will surely bring down the morale of the team and dilshan. yesterday's article carried out that he is enjoying and interesting in captaincy. Tough times for SL cricket

  • on January 24, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Dilshan was never a captain material... Sangakara or Mahela.. but again Mahela hasn't made any solid contribution for quiet sometime now why was he chosen.. why not Angelo Mathews ?

  • sri2012 on January 24, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    dily is the best for sri lanka , only time sri lanka has won matches chasing twice 300, when dily is captained the side. any captain can do things when other's cant achieve i think his the best, hi is the guy who can win world cup or bigger finals and colseset is arjuna, mhela or sanga noway near becouse they dont know how to do those things because mahela and sanga both had the chance win world cup but they have't , take sanga and mahela's record you can clearly see. all the best teams in the world doing there best when it is really needed they are the only one who can win world cup or finals arjuna is the guy like that and ponting is also the same, and other thing is this dily found the way to be like that near past but sanga or mahela cant., sad to hear dily choice

  • arvin on January 24, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    that is the difference for players playing for their country and most indian players playing for themselves... apart from kapil and sachin no indian captain ever quit even after losing many tests... look at current shameless captain sehwag... he does not deserve a place in the team but wants to be captain... same goes for dhoni... ganguly used to fail as batsman but stayed captain coz of his godfather dalmia... 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...

  • Last_Knight on January 24, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Ian Botthem was a great player but he failed in captaincy. But still England honor him as a legend after 81 Ashes series (Just after stepping down from captaincy). This is a good move Dilshan. Thanks for everything you have done but your story is not over yet…..Wish you all the best!

  • Lankaraj on January 24, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    SL has to find a new young talent to lead the team, just like what SA did when they made GS as their captain.

  • on January 24, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    In my views good things of Dilshan's a captain were: pretty attacking in his captaincy - field placing, use of bowlers (much more attacking than Mahela in his time), very determined but unlucky took over captaincy when SL going through a bad time. Unfortunately negatives I saw of his captaincy were - he is not a steady batsman but someone who goes there and tries to blast everything out - not that he has a bad technique but the way he plays. Rest of the team rarely gets confidence seeing him bat and how can he ask a youngster to protect his wicket when he throws it away.. and too emotional not cool and absorbing as a leader. from outside it looks there's big separation between Dilshan's camp and Mahela/ Sanga camp - which wasn't helpful either. Then Dilshan doesn't have the best PR skills which is also pretty vital for an international skipper. Lets see how he plays as a batsman - thanks and wish him all the best.

  • vk6848 on January 23, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Mahela gave his captaincy away so that he could stay in the team! He was performing very badly, but got a second life by doing that. Now his second life is ending yet he is selected, may be only for his captaincy? Great player he is (was) but now time to quit with the other Indian greats who also have overstayed their welcome

  • playitstraight on January 23, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Well done Dilshan for stepping down... finally some sense prevails and instead of the selectors doing it, he does it himself. I'm sure his batting will return back to form. Good luck Dilly!

  • on January 23, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Why Mahela? He cant score runs? Are we going to drop Thirimanne just to accommodate Mahela the captain?

  • Philip_Gnana on January 23, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Dilshan had no alternative but to stay on as captain whilst on tour, and SLC did not have any options either. They did not have anyone else to hand over the captaincy to when the IPL greedy seniors decided to stay on and play in IPL than turn out for the warm up games on the tour of England. The rest is history. Either by choice or due to circumstances Dilshan had to be the "fall guy" to take over the captaincy. His form soon deserted him as the pressures of captaincy took it toll on him. Once he had decided that he had to go, his batting game back to life in the last few games in SA. I am sure he must be a relieved man and this will now show in his character by some good performances in Australia. We all hope that we will be able to see once again the Dilshan that all know. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on January 23, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    @ Upul Wickrama Dilshan batting has suffered and his worth to the team is as a performing bat. Good decision. And at 35 yr old .................Dilshan would want to go out on a high as a performing batsman, not a non-performing captain.

  • geyser on January 23, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    There are cricketers who play the game fairly and there are those who don't. Dilshan is one amongst a few who have not played cricket in its true spirit. I remember the time he was hauled up by the Sri Lankan cricket board for asking a young bowler to bowl a no-ball when Sehwag was on 99 on the last ball of a test match when the match was heading for a draw. It's Michael Clarke's turn next - again guilty of appealing for a catch which he did not take cleanly as TV replays showed (and infielders were not convinced) and the umpire gave the batter out. It's about being fair - there are times when you remember batsmen being called back to bat when the captain of the opposing team realized he had been given out unfairly. Captains are made of sterner stuff, they are people who have a very high sense of morals on and off the cricketing field.

  • MH19 on January 23, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Hats off to Dislhan for leading Sri Lanka during trouble times when Captain, Vice Captain,Chairman of Selectors,Selectors, Coach,Deputy Coach and also the retirement of Murali and if Dilshan looks back at these events for sure you have assisted the National team by accepting the Challenge and have done well with a mix bag of results which is acceptable to me rationally but may be not for selectors and the Public and also our sports minister.You have been heavilly let down by the Batsman and the bowlers but remember when Sanga and Mahela captained they had Jayasuriya,Murali,Vaas to cover up all the shit of failures.Mate I wish you good luck and let the bat do the talking now and hammer and prove the distractors you still have cricket in you.

  • randikaayya on January 23, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I can't really fathom Mahela making in to the squad on current form, so the onus is on him. fair play to Dilly and Wish him all the best down under!! Come out on tops lads!

  • cocosey on January 23, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    They gave it to him since there was no other choice after Sanga-he was never cut out for the job. It was good they gave him the opportunity to step down as it would do a lot of harm to his moral to say he was pushed-which is the case. The young players truly proved the talent in Sri Lankan cricket pool in the last two one day games- sadly some of them might not get many opportunities as always the case due to external interferences to settle in. Mahela is good leader out of form- so is he a GOOD CHOICE? What if his batting fails in the next few games? The younger team won because of good team effort without some of the seniors- perhaps should back them all the way. Senior experienced players need to have certain level of consistency and should not be included for past glory or for other reasons which is sadly a case in asian cricket team selections.

  • KarachiKid on January 23, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I think its a good decision. He should conentrate on his batting and I am sure he will serve Sri Lankan cricket for a long time. Mahela or Sanga are good choices for Captaincy.

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    now Dilshan & Mahela will get their Form back.

  • SL_Boy on January 23, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Mahela quitted captaincy last time when he was out of form and loosing, so why now??? without him we are doing great. let him go out and get some runs, he is any way really bat on swing and bouncy wickets.

  • on January 23, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    haha nice thing happened to dilshan for occupying the legendssanath jayasurya place.......

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    wrong it was on the cards, everyone is concerned abt captaincy, what happened wd ponting inb the past he hasn't groom much youngsters to take the place of retire players after the retirement of Macgrath, Warne, Langer, Hayden, Gilli his team n its performance graph starts going down. Same wd SL team surely they missed Vass n murli specially murli match winner player after his retirement SL team missed him badly. So its important for every team to groom n give chances to youngsters.

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    it will happened always when captains like ponting, mahela not considered youngsters what happened in past wd ponting he was one of the great captain ever but he hasn't give a chance when Macgrath, warne, hayden, langer were in a team same like Sl team so teams need to groom their younger players as well give them a chance. After murli, vass, jaysuriya specially Murli SL clearly struggling in every format thats why Sanga left the job.

  • Charindra on January 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Thank you Dilshan! Good job with unpaid team, strong opposition, foreign tours, politics and many injuries and WITHOUT Murali. Now bat! :) As for Mahela, I think he's the best choice. But if his batting doesn't come good soon he's also going to be under pressure, especially if Thirimanne continues to improve.

  • on January 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Good luck Dilly.You did a decent job as the captain.We need to see you back in action soon and many fans of yours will be looking forward to see the good form you showed during the last two one dayers.

  • vattettan on January 23, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Mahela is probably the best international captain out there who did not have any reason to quit the first time. I think he quit it to give Sangakkara (his closest friend it seems) a share which never worked.

  • Dhushan on January 23, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    So much has been happening in Sri Lanka Cricket since you took over as captain. Things we as the general public do not even know. I respect you for accepting the captaincy when no-one else had the guts to take it & for trying your best. Results obviously are not what we all wanted or expected but THANK YOU DILSHAN for giving your all to Sri Lanka Cricket as captain. Please play on...

  • Kyle_Jones235 on January 23, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Ever since he was named captain I could predict this happening, he simply doesn't have the skills of a successful captain, and no amount of time would fix that. A captain must be influential, composed and tactful. Dilshan lacks these skills, you can tell simply by observing his batting style or his drastic emotions in the dugout whenever the team is pressured.

    Dilshan is a great player, but his playstyle doesn't fit a captains role. That is why I believe he has been also failing with the bat of late. I'm sure without the burden of leadership we will play with much greater consistencey. This will be great for the team, who are always fired up when Dilshan gets a good start.

    Not only that, but I think the team will improve with Mahela's influence. He has experience and has succeeded with captaincy in the past. This gives the players a sense of assurance that they lacked with Dilshan. The Lankans have talent, what they lack is confidence, mabye this will help patch things up.

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    First of all I must thanks Dishan to shoe entire nation he is not gready to leadership !!! but this is not the answer for the current issue. No one support Dilshan during his tenure as captain in the national side that was the main reason. We all should understand cricket is team game and at least few players has contribute in game to performe unfortunatley DILI did not get that. Giving captancy back to Mahela is wrong decision. I know this is brain less de mel's work !!! Sri Lanka's cricket has taken over by one family and destry it. We are poor spectators... what to do !!!

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    1.Dilshan should have been given another chance, at least with the tour to Australia. Didn't he win his last 2 matches? 2.Mahela's days are already gone, now we can only thank him and say goodbye Sri Lanka won 2 ODI Vs South Africa without Mahela.To play Mahela once again would result in dropping Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal in rotation. 3.Cricketers hadn't been paid for 6 months. To date they haven't been paid in full.They need to be paid their due in full. 4. Cricket board officials must take a huge pay cut. 5. Responsible officers and politicians must refrain from speaking out of turn. 6.The new Selection committee has some whom the present batting coach Marvan Atapattu once called a Joker and Muppets. 7. Arjuna Rantunga said following the heroics in 1996,Sri Lanka Cricket was gone to the businessmen and not to the cricketers. 8. Play the young guns. 9. Captain was dismissed. What about the vice captain? Did he do any better? Did Mahela do any better?

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Dilshan, even though it is little late, you have done the right thing. Great player, but never get the team together. It was more that none of the seniors did supported you.

  • Pavan_2020 on January 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    He shoudl have just resigned from Tests and continued being the captain for ODI and T20, feed off Jayawardene and Sangakkara's skills in the mean time, they seem to be good budddies. Test Captaincy is not easy - it should be T20, gain some experiend, then ODI and then Tests..

  • on January 23, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    He did his best, is not a natural captain. but hats off for what he did with the team considering the difficulties after the world cup

  • SL_kamal on January 23, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    This is Sri Lanka's one of the most successful visits to South Africa.

    In TESTs:- 1998: 0-2, 2000: 0-2, 2002: 0-2, 2012: 1-2.

    In ODIs (against SA):- 1994: 1-1, 1998: 1-2, 2000: 1-5, 2002: 1-4, 2003: 0-0, 2009: 1-0, 2012: 2-3.

    Yet you change captain, coach and the selection committee.

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga are far better than Dilshan. This was expected...

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    The results in SA was better than most of the people anticipated before the series, including first test win in SA. However, the captaincy to Mahel will secure his spot in the team despite longstanding batting failure will be curtains to a youngster like Thirimanna. They should have given Mahela enough time to improve his skills and specially physical fitness than securing his place. Dilshan may not be the best person to handle media but showed lots of leadership qualities during short instinct. Anyway this is expected as soon as puppet like De Mel moves into the key role. God bless Sri Lanka Cricket and Thirimanna

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    find your old touch dilshan...No one can match dilshan when he is in full flow !

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    You did every thing for my country... all the best DILA..

  • AnilKoka on January 23, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Good decision by Dilshan. He is a good player due to captaincy he is unable to focus on his batting. Mahela is a good leader but his current form is very bad hope captaincy will bring him the some luck. Wish u good luck in Australia.

  • KINGCOCA on January 23, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    DILSHAN IS AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED BATSMAN - BUT NOT A NATURALLY GIFTED CAPTAIN. CAPTAINS ARE BORN, NOT MADE. A GOOD CAPTAIN WILL NEVER GET INTIMIDATED BY OTHER TEAMS INTIMIDATION AND DIRTY TACTICS. DILSHAN MUST CONCENTRATE ON HIS BATTING, FIELDING AND BOWLING. THAT IS A HUGE ASK. ALL THE BEST TO DILSHAN IN THE T20 CONTEST AND WIN IT FOR SRI LANKA. GO LIONS GO !!

  • world.cricketer on January 23, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    good Dhoni should learn from dilshan and instead of blaiming himself he should quit as test captain and need to be dropped for tests by selectors.

  • on January 23, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Bravo Dil......... that's a wonderful gesture of teamwork... We're quite aware of all actions, including the things behind the wall. We thank u for ur efforts to shoulder the captaincy and we look forward to see Dil like never before :-)

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Bravo Dil......... that's a wonderful gesture of teamwork... We're quite aware of all actions, including the things behind the wall. We thank u for ur efforts to shoulder the captaincy and we look forward to see Dil like never before :-)

  • CaptSK on January 23, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Thank you for what you did Dilshan. It was not your fault to be appointed Captain when no one wanted the job. You will be remembered for our first win in South Africa under your watch. Best of luck in Australia.

  • PAK-92 on January 23, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Atleast he stepped down before the Sri Lankan Cricket Board did the honours. He would have only been captain for a little while longer because they were'nt going to win any test or odi series with him in charge. I think he could have maybe stayed on as T20 captain. Jayawardene is a good choice. He is an ex captain and has lot of experience. Angelo Matthews is a captain for the future, but right now he needs to work on consistency. Sangakara could be a good vice captain. Anyway, I think Sri Lanka can only get better and good luck to them in the tri series

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    stupid decision by cricket SL , pressuring him to quit as a captain instead of paying cricketers wages up to date ( they were under depression) that they won last two ODI's with out mahela in a spirit of sri lankan brand of cricket level, chasing with huge margins in a good morale. mahela is a great player to the country, but at the moment he is not in form with the runs. so i can't understand why sri lankan cricket authorities using a reverse gear to appoint mahela as a captain again, instead of understand the real situation of cricket board

  • zerotollerance on January 23, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Mahela made captain when he's failed in his batting . This is a step back for sl cricket.

  • chandau on January 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Mahela accepts captaincy-reports Monday, 23 January 2012 18:23 E-mail Print Mahela Jayawardena has been reportedly named as the captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team (in all three-format), sources said.

  • aruna.b.herath on January 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    when both the captain and vice captain resigned you took over and led SL team. we respect u what ever happend, be the dilshan that used to be again. with absolute foolish officials governing SLC you faced every trouble alone. people who are responsible for what happend blamed you. dilshan, just forget the past, we r with u. win or lose, we love our cricket team.

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    I always thought that dilshan was not captain material, his personality and his approach in batting confirms this fact. but on the other hand Sri Lanka was without any other choice at the time. i always believe that a proper captain should not panic at pressure situations and act responsible, change approach, strategy accordingly, etcc.., Dilshan only knows one way and that was the high way. but at that time, i felt that may be thilan should also been given a chance for the job, since he has a cool head under pressure. captaining a side is a tremendous responsibility, and if Mahela and Sanga refuses the job should fall on to a pressure absorbing personality Like thilan. Lets see Upul Tharanga may be, Chandimal hardly any experiance, Matthews doesnt want it, Kulasekara not a regular. at present what if MAHELA REFUSES...????, If thats the case my choice would be Thilan For One days and Tests as captain and Matthews as T20 Captain, at least for one more year untill somebody is groomed.

  • Amit416 on January 23, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    good for srilankan cricket. he never looked as a natural leader.

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    SLC is taking a huge gamble by appointing Mahela as captain. If you consider as a player alone based on current form and perforamnce in last overseas tours (excluding ODIs in England) he has failed miserably. If batsmen have been making runs and bowlers have been taking wickets we would have done much better in SA and UAE. Further, it is extremely unfair to give so much preferential treatment for one player. Mahela continued to play without any danger of being dropped while Thilan was dropped after a handful of failures. Both are averaging 50+ and Thilan is the best test batsman in the world based on performance in last five years. This include overseas tour as well. Mahela was a great captain and while being captain he performed admirably with the bat leading from the front. Mahela may accept the offer to avoid being dropped. But that is not the way to go about. The captain should deserve his place in the team on merit.

  • Abdurrazaaq on January 23, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Cant blame him for the teams under performance in South Africa .... Lets hope that Mathews doesn't assume leadership now, will be too taxing on him as he is a key asset to the team.

  • tosl on January 23, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    I hope SLC split the captaincy. Give Jayawardene the test captaincy in the interim, and let Mathews captain the ODI side. He is a natural leader, and a future Test captain when he is ready. Mahela doesn't warrant a place in the ODI side, and by dropping him they will give someone like Thirimanne a prolonged run.

  • Advanced_Donkeys on January 23, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Feel sorry for him...huh..The most suitable photo for the article. But what is the thread on his hand?

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    i think its a good decision on his part. cos captaincy was affecting his game.when playing with free mind having no burden of captaincy he can cos havoc as opener.best of luck sri Lanka in Australia tri series.from Pakistan

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    What with all the political BS that seems to go with being Sri Lankan captain, I'm surprised anyone wants the job.

  • SriLa72 on January 23, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I think Dilshan did his best with what he was given. It will be unfortunate if they would ax him out. He is a good player and we need him in the side while youngsters are being groomed. There is a lot of unfair criticism leveled against him. I don't think he asked to be the captain. Sanga resigned and there was a need so SLC appointed Dilshan. He propably was not the right choice. I think this was a good lesson for all. Someone who is respected and is capable of leading and building team spirit needs to captain until the right "youngster" is found. I don't think Angelo M is ready yet.

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    HE looked to me a "LOST COW" eversince he became a Captain. Good news for Srilankan fans. Hope to see srilankan team back in form !

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    i thought he tried again in the kangoo and indian tri too : wrold cup is not yet near so experimenting is still not a bad idea

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    very very nice decision. A much anticipated decision i would say. He should have stepped down after losing to Pakistan in all the three formats. He is looking like a "LOST COW" eversince he was assigned with this new role. Now we might get to see some good performance from Srilankan cricket team, because there is no doubt that they have been a very talented and promising bunch always !

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    lanka ned 2 change batting coach2........

  • razor_91 on January 23, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    good move dilshan..... let mathews caption sri lanka

  • on January 23, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Oh! very sad,He wants time,even sanga in his early capacitance career got lots wrong decision. In that period dilshan and sanga played really well and murally and malinga.But dilshan has nothing.Next mahela ,It not sounds well

  • Dan2982 on January 23, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    24 hours before with the 5th ODI victory high he said he is enjoying his captaincy & willing to be on the box seat for the Aussie tour as well. Now he has being quit. Strange things happen in SL cricket these days. Dilshan should have known it better that he was not made out of captain's material. Captaining a national side is difficult than discooping. Fare well mate. Happy for you and the SL cricket

  • mano.mcse on January 23, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    yeah AL is well, he is a good batsmen and good cricketer.he can do bat well and bowling also. but captaincy? good decision from dilshan. SL will decide good captain.

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 23, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    If Sri Lanka thinks that by making a "scapegoat" out of marsh and dilshan they would win overseas.........then forget it.......

    your middle order can only score runs in srilanka and you have no wicket taking bowlers.......so lets be fair and truthful

  • VJGS on January 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Too bad. He is my favorite non-Indian player. But, maybe it was the right decision as captaincy kinda ruined his form. But if he had tried a little bit longer then perhaps he could have evolved into a much better player - with high temperament and sense of responsibility as we saw with Sangakkara, Jayawardne, etc.

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    A good man Dilshan..He came at a hard time..Play free as you know the best!!!

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    I wonder how may in India can do this

  • Dharmender_m on January 23, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    rather dan giving de captaincy 2 an xperiencerd player & captain Jay, it is better to giv de captaincy to young man Mathews hu is presently de vice captain of de Srilankan team.

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    In my own opinion Dilshan is a great player who can do more but the extra pressure from his captancy role made him a far below par cricketer. Resignation from this post was the right thing to do for his career and for Sri Lanka. I bet my last dollar this will be the return of a great cricketer

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Finally Good Decision,,Dilshan can do better as a Batsman without Captaincy,Now You can See HOw real dilshan is Playing,Wait till Tri Series..............

  • TYJAY on January 23, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Very Good Decision. Anyway he would have kicked out of the team...

    He should not play any test cricket. He is having very bad ego. Which kills the concentration.

    Anyway good luck to SL cricket....

  • CricketMaan on January 23, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Looks like leadership crisis in SL Cricket. They dont want to put Angelo in the hot seat yet..and dont have leaders in the current young crop..Going back to Mahela is unfortunate..but what other choice do they have??

  • ca2ca on January 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Good decision and hope Dilshan finds him normal form again. Dil is not Captain brand. Must say that he didn't have quality bowlers under him and top players like Mahela, Matthew and to certain expend Sangakkara didn't play to thier maximum. Mahela is the main culprit followed by Mattews, nothing to say about bowlers. Nice to young players got guts to play against bouncing SAF facers and Chandimal, Tirimanne showed they have class, patience and heart to stand upto. Also Thisara.

    Hope SLC take these youngsters to CB series and also give Bhanuka some chances. Mahela , Dilshan,PJ and even Kumar should not think they have a birth right to play in SL eleven though they are sometimes a flop. Mahela is good example. anyhow good luck SL. At last some positice results thank mostly for youngsters.

  • 9ST9 on January 23, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    One has to feel for him , from an early time he really wanted to captain the side, he left the ipl half way to join the team, got rid of his ear rings, and even curbed his attacking nature to score 190 at lords. However he was not meant to be, and the players or the public never accepted him as the skipper. Something that happens to most people, when we chase a goal and find out that we are not quite up to its challenges

  • Sprit_of_Cricket on January 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Good decession by dilshan. I like your batting alot . Since u become a captain u have lost faith in ur self. Let's hope we will see aggressive and risk take dilshan again who play free mind.

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Good move from Dilshan. Captaincy should go to Sanga and keep Angelo as vice captain until the end of 2015 WC

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Wise Decision. but he should have wait until the next series, whos gone be captain now, Mathews?.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    THE PHOTO IS LOKKING REALLY FUNNY .

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Dil Don't worry.you are the hero.you always playing on be half of Nation. thanks Dil

  • sameer997 on January 23, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    That to me is a bad decision

  • Lakpj on January 23, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Good decision by Dilshan, he was never the option for the captaincy. It was evident with the way he led the team and the way both him and the team performed. He has 2 or so good years left him. He should be utilized well in that time and groom some youngsters to take SL cricket forward. There is plenty of talent out there. Chandimal and Thirimanne are just two of those.

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Good move. He is too good a batsman to waste on the captaincy.

  • LoveLanka on January 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    for sure there was some bad decisions by him as a batsman while batting and as a captain on the field. but as a whole, i am glad and i believe he wanted to lift our game and to make SL proud. he got the job without our match winner, MURALI... we should not be talking about murali all the time... if he was there... ENG will not make those big total where our batsman found difficult to cover.. PAK wont make those big leads.... means our batting failures in each tours might not have ended in losts. what i am trying to say is that he got the task in a very tough situation even Sanga or Mahela would have struggled or might not have make any different to the results we already saw from last 3 tours. he added his crazy attacking mood to these tough time and the results got worst.... but finally he made the right decision and i believe this will help him get out of that extra pressure and get his focus right on making those match winning scores in every innings he bat... PROUD OF YOU MAN...

  • Chiranjaya on January 23, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Mahela is a good captain , dilshan is a good all rounder.I think mahela want hand up and keep his good works for Sri Lankan cricket again.

  • aslamPK on January 23, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    It is expected breaking news. SL recent problems will even anyone is caption. I think Sl must continue with this team for 2 years. After this, their performance will improve.

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    good move for his batting..aswel as for team..

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    its a good decision.

  • PiyushD on January 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Was he asked to quit, whatever it was good, he never looked like succeeding at it.

  • Sachit1979 on January 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I don't think its a wise decision by Sri Lankan board and selectors to reinstate Mahela as captain in all the formats. They should rather focus on young bloods like Angelo Mathews or Dinesh Chandimal or somebody else. Or may be they could have Mahela for test matches and have Angelo for limited over formats.

  • Tauskid on January 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I think this the good decision taken by Dilshan, as Mahela is more suitable than him in all counts.

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  • Tauskid on January 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I think this the good decision taken by Dilshan, as Mahela is more suitable than him in all counts.

  • Sachit1979 on January 23, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I don't think its a wise decision by Sri Lankan board and selectors to reinstate Mahela as captain in all the formats. They should rather focus on young bloods like Angelo Mathews or Dinesh Chandimal or somebody else. Or may be they could have Mahela for test matches and have Angelo for limited over formats.

  • PiyushD on January 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Was he asked to quit, whatever it was good, he never looked like succeeding at it.

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    its a good decision.

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    good move for his batting..aswel as for team..

  • aslamPK on January 23, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    It is expected breaking news. SL recent problems will even anyone is caption. I think Sl must continue with this team for 2 years. After this, their performance will improve.

  • Chiranjaya on January 23, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Mahela is a good captain , dilshan is a good all rounder.I think mahela want hand up and keep his good works for Sri Lankan cricket again.

  • LoveLanka on January 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    for sure there was some bad decisions by him as a batsman while batting and as a captain on the field. but as a whole, i am glad and i believe he wanted to lift our game and to make SL proud. he got the job without our match winner, MURALI... we should not be talking about murali all the time... if he was there... ENG will not make those big total where our batsman found difficult to cover.. PAK wont make those big leads.... means our batting failures in each tours might not have ended in losts. what i am trying to say is that he got the task in a very tough situation even Sanga or Mahela would have struggled or might not have make any different to the results we already saw from last 3 tours. he added his crazy attacking mood to these tough time and the results got worst.... but finally he made the right decision and i believe this will help him get out of that extra pressure and get his focus right on making those match winning scores in every innings he bat... PROUD OF YOU MAN...

  • on January 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Good move. He is too good a batsman to waste on the captaincy.

  • Lakpj on January 23, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Good decision by Dilshan, he was never the option for the captaincy. It was evident with the way he led the team and the way both him and the team performed. He has 2 or so good years left him. He should be utilized well in that time and groom some youngsters to take SL cricket forward. There is plenty of talent out there. Chandimal and Thirimanne are just two of those.