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Mahela Jayawardene quits as T20 captain


Cricketnext Staff, Cricketnext.com
Oct 08, 2012 at 12:05am IST

Colombo: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene has on Sunday announced that he will not captain his country in the Twenty20 format any more. The 35-year-old, who has led Sri Lanka in 19 Twenty20 internationals out of which he won 13 matches, took the decision shortly after West Indies' 36-run win in the ICC World Twenty20 final at the Premadasa.

"Just one announcement guys, I have had a chat with the selectors and I have decided to step down as a captain of the Sri Lankan T20 team after the end of the tournament," Jayawardene said in a matter-of-factly manner at the end of the post-match press conference here.

"I have taken this decision so that the selection committee can groom someone younger for this job," he added.

Mahela Jayawardene quits as T20 captain

The Sri Lankan veteran took the call after his team lost to West Indies in the World Twenty20 final in Colombo.

The 35-year-old also informed that he will "assess his future as captain" in the ODIs and Tests after Sri Lanka's tour of Australia in coming December. "Obviously, I will remain captain in the Tests and ODIs till the Australia series in December and then take a call on my future as captain," he said.

When questioned whether he will continue playing twenty20 international, he smiled and replied: "It depends whether the new captain wants me in the team."

(With inputs from PTI)

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