Sri Lanka news April 11, 2014

Siriwardene steps down from captaincy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shashikala Siriwardene has relinquished captaincy of the Sri Lanka Women's team. Her first taste of leading the national side came in December 2005 and has since been in charge for 80 limited-overs matches.

As opposed to the men, the Sri Lanka Women's team endured a chastening time in their World T20 and finished in eighth place. Siriwardene was one among four batsmen from the team to score more than 80 runs in the six matches they played.

Prior to that she was crucial to her side's maiden series victory in T20 cricket, over India in January 2014. A memorable upset of defending champions England in the 2013 World Cup also features highly in her achievements. She had been named Women's Cricketer of the Year by SLC later in September. She led Sri Lanka to a series victory over West Indies in 2008 and secured a tri-series involving Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Siriwardene has this week been chosen to play for the first ever Rest of the World Women team against MCC Women in the Lord's bicentenary match on May 19.

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  • Shirley on April 17, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    This woman has accomplished amazing things as captain. It has been a joy to watch her play and take charge. It is a pity she is stepping down but I hope to see her on the field for awhile yet??? Well done and thanks for all, Sashi

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Sashi is the greatest ever women cricket captain in Sri Lanka...Hope Chamari Atapattu (Atha) will be our next captain..

  • rayan on April 11, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    i think something wrong here, she done good job as a captain and the player in last 18 month , under coach harsha de silva this team done really well as a team , but after he is resignation, team not done anything then some of players brilliance help win some matches . i think current coaching department responsible for current team performance, batting department not done anything in last t20 WC only siriwardena, mendis . athapattu and esani past 80 runs mark in this WC.I Think this make her deciding to step dowen as a captain, no captain can win a match with underperformed team..she is the best women cricketer sri lanka has ever produce.. any way she don good job as a captain and the player..good luck! for her future..

  • Kay on April 11, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Ah it's too bad Siriwardene's captaincy had to end on a bad note. She has done amazing things for women's cricket in SL but it probably is the right time for her to step down.

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