Cricket World Cup 2011

Sri Lanka's Jayawardene quits

2011-04-06 12:36
Mahela Jayawardene (File)

Colombo - Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday quit as vice-captain, a day after Kumar Sangakkara stepped down as one-day and Twenty20 skipper.

"I think it's time to move on, give the reins to someone younger in the team," Jayawardene said.

Jayawardene, 33, was named vice-captain for the 2011 World Cup, where Sri Lanka lost to India by six wickets in the final in Mumbai last week despite his impressive century.

Sri Lanka Cricket chairperson D. S. de Silva said the governing body had accepted Jayawardene's resignation.

"The selectors will sit down in the next two to three days to choose a captain and vice-captain," de Silva told reporters.

Jayawardene, who has scored 9 527 runs in Tests and 9 423 in one-day internationals, quit as Sri Lanka's captain in February 2009.

Sangakkara stood down on Tuesday to allow selectors to groom new leaders for the next Cricket World Cup in 2015.

Sri Lanka's next international assignment is the tour of England in May-July for three Tests and five one-dayers.


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