~~Fit-again Atapattu will take over as captain~~

Published: Monday, August 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: Stand-in skipper Mahela Jayawardene's inspiring captaincy has created a dilemma of sort within Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board but Kumar Sangakkara said Marvan Atapattu will take the reins again when he returns from a back injury.

''We all missed Marvan because of the injury and hence Mahela was asked to step in. Now both of them are successful.

Mahela was the caretaker captain and his performance was fantastic. But we look up to Marvan as our leader and all of us are looking forward to his return in the side,'' Sangakkara told reporters here last evening.

Atapattu is out of action since March but was named in the 15-member Lankan squad for the cancelled Unitech Cup tri-series.

The selectors, however, didn't want to re-install him as captain immediately and hence had decided that Atapattu would play under Mahela's captaincy in the tri-series.

''We have to realise that it was an interim measure and though it's upto SLC to decide, we are awaiting Marvan's return,'' Sangakkara said.

The stumper-batsman also refused to be dragged into the controversy over whether the rain-ruined Unitech Cup should have been hosted in Dambulla.

''This was a policy decision by the SLC and we, as players, don't get involved in venues and itineraries. It was SLC decision to host the matches here and unfortunately the rain didn't allow us to play here. The only positive thing out of it is that both Murali and Vaas, who bowls so many overs for us, would get some rest,'' Sangakkara added.

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