Sri Lanka news October 7, 2012

Jayawardene quits as Twenty20 captain


Mahela Jayawardene has resigned as Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain, soon after his team lost the final of the World Twenty20 against West Indies in Colombo. He said he will remain captain of the ODI and Test teams until at least the end of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia in January, and remains available for Twenty20 selection.

"I had a chat to the selectors before this tournament started. I was going to step down from T20 captaincy after this World Cup," Jayawardene said. "I personally feel that for Sri Lanka going forward we need a younger leader. It's a great opportunity for somebody to start in that T20 format. I've spoken to the selectors and they were quite happy with that choice."

Vice captain Angelo Mathews has been groomed for captaincy over the past 18 months, and is the obvious candidate to take the reins in the shortest format.

Jayawardene, 35, had given up the captaincy in all formats in 2009, but resumed leadership when Tillkaratne Dilshan quit the post in January this year. In his second stint at the helm, Jayawardene has seen himself as an interim captain until the younger crop of Sri Lanka players are ready to step into leadership. In addition to Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara has also led the side in recent years, before resigning after Sri Lanka's World Cup final loss in 2011.

"I took over till the Australia tour, so I'll assess what I want to do after that," Jayawardene said.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    I think Mahela is one of da very best captains Sri Lanka had ever produced but i cant believe y he used malinga for da last few overs in da t20 world cup final wen he knew dat he was going for plenty of runs without using sum other fast bowler like thisara perera or nuwan kulasekara or even a spinner like akila dananjaya and akila dananjaya and nuwan kulasekara had one over each left i guess at dis point his captaincy was not upto hundred percent. maybe now he shuld just step down frm captaincy and give mathews to take over all da formats plz do it its for da own teams betterment we shuld now build a really gud side for da 2015 wc where it wont be a nother final faliure after failing in four finals specially

  • geeshan on October 10, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    i'm very angry with west indies

  • Aaqib on October 10, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardne IS A CLASS ACT! Undoubtedly he is a GREAT LEADER. He alongside Sangakara forms a formidable duo, who have done wonders for Srilanka. T20 captaincy should be automatically transferred to Angelo Mathews, whereas Jawawardne should continue leading the odi side for 1 year, and test side for 2 years so that Mathews will get 2 complete years of captaincy before 2015 worldcup. I believe Jawayawardne has easily 2 years of more cricket in him.

  • ABHIJIT on October 10, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Every time WC happens, I want to see four team in Semi Final stages India, Pakistan, Srilanka and Bangladesh..... :)

  • Mohamed on October 10, 2012, 5:54 GMT


  • ABHIJIT on October 10, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    As an Indian Fan, I would first appreciate the fact that Mahela is indeed a great captain and he is far better Captain then Ranatunga. Its an another issue that he couldn't able to win WC but taking the team into consecutive WC finals is not a mean achievement. I have never seen him foul mouthing opponents like Aussies. Even in victory he is a humble man and very thinking cricketer. And I happy that he would be leading my team, the Delhi Daredevil Team. We Indian Fans love and adore him. And lot of Cricket is still left with him.

  • Yasiru on October 9, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Mahela is a great enthusiatic leader for SL over the years. ..Really sad for his leave.But its true that we should give mathews a chance to take over 20/20 side .so that he cud b ready to take over test and ODI side one day when mahela retires .Remeber he is now 35 and we will need a leader somehow after he left .so wise decision i guess.Mahela cant stay in field for forever nah .new leaders should be borned .

  • Janaka on October 9, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @tanstell87: I totally agree mate. I don't know who started, but even today, my Indian friends love Sri Lankan team, just after India, which is obvious. We also love Indian team.

  • Janaka on October 9, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @Chris Dharmaratne: The reason was that, it was to rain, and we should have at least 77 by then, whereas we had only 55 (or something like that). Same thing happened in 2007 world cup. If Mahela stayed at the crease for at least four overs more, and Sanga too just tried to stay with him, today, we are winners of T20 world cup. But, everytime at a final, weather goes against us, and our team gets frustrated, and then sacrifice the wickets. I think Angelo should have tried to hit sixes. But, it was a very bad decision to send Mathews. Because he takes a while to hit good shots. Mahela should have asked Thisara to come in. I don't know why, but I wish Thisara should come in the powerplay overs. It's true that ball swings rapidly, but at least he can connect a few balls, and push them over the in field for fours. He is the only guy who can hit a six from the beginning, of course not to yorkers, but to some good balls even.

  • Janaka on October 9, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    The great leaders are not greedy of anything... Mahela, you made us proud, and we are very lucky to have a Cricketer like you, a leader like you for our national Cricket team... You are not only a gifted player, but also a gifted leader...

    After your departure, I wish Jeevan Mendis become the captain. It's true that he is not a huge run maker, but I can clearly see that he has got the great qualities of a batsman... He never gives up... And he is such a nice guy who handles pressure... His school cricket is full of battles even when the other side is collapsing... Such a great character, like you... Mathews is good, but he doesn't have the expected qualities for a leader. That's my perception, and I may be wrong.

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