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Mahela quits as T20 skipper

2012-10-07 22:03

Colombo - Mahela Jayawardene resigned as Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain on Sunday, but insisted it had nothing to do with the 36-run defeat to the West Indies in the World T20 final.

"I had told the selectors before the tournament started that I won't captain in T20 and they needed to groom someone else for the future," Jayawardene told reporters after the final in Colombo.

Jayawardene, 35, will however continue as a player in the shortest format and will also lead in both Test and one-day cricket.

The accomplished batsman has scored 1 224 runs in 44 Twenty20 internationals at a strike rate of 133.77 per 100 balls.

The West Indies' win handed Sri Lanka their fourth defeat in a major final since 2007.

Sri Lanka have now lost two successive 50-over World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and two World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and 2012.

AFP

Comments
  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-07 23:18

    Still have ICC Champions Trophy coming up in 2013. Try for a 5th time then :)

  • zeeshan.parvez.18 - 2012-10-08 02:56

    This is so cool. Sri Lanka deserved to lose. They beat Pakistan by a fluke. This what you get when you go through by flukes!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-08 13:14

      Pakistan would have been the better team in the final no doubt. Sri Lankans got lucky with an lbw decision.

  • comurray - 2012-10-08 09:56

    Sri Lanka thought that this final would be a "walk in park", I'm so glad West Indies achieved the trophy last night. Sri Lanka went to pieces once they lost their first wicket. Game was worth watching and anybody who missed it missed great entertainment.

  • cynthia.biljoen - 2012-10-08 11:58

    Oh Mahela I wish that you hadn't persisted in using Malinga.....Captains make the mistake of putting too much faith in their # 1 bowlers even when they are having an off day. Good luck in the next tournament Sri Lanka

  • rushikesh.kale1 - 2012-10-08 23:24

    This is the way Caption should take responsibility of team's failure! I wish SA team should learn from this!

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