Colombo, April 5: Kumar Sangakkara, who led Sri Lanka to the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 before losing out to eventual champions India has quit from the skipper's post of the national team. He will however stay as the interim captain for the Test team until someone new is appointed.
Meanwhile, he has been appointed as the skipper of the Deccan Chargers for the 2011 season of the Indian Premier League.
He follows on the footsteps of Mahela Jayawardene who also did something similar after leading the Sri Lankan team to the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
Informing about his decision to step down a statement from Sangakkara said, "I would like to announce that after careful consideration I have concluded that it is in the best long-term interests of the team that I step down now as national captain so that a new leader can be properly groomed for the 2015 World Cup in Australia."
It further added, "This was a decision I made prior to the 2011 World Cup. I will be 37 by the next World Cup and I cannot therefore be sure of my place in the team. It is better that Sri Lanka is led now by a player who will be at the peak of their career during that tournament.
"It has been a true honour and a great privilege to serve my country as captain during the past two years and, although bitterly disappointed that we could not win the final, I am very proud of the performances of the team.
"I met with the selectors on Monday and I explained my reasons for my decision and I assured them of my fullest support in helping our new captain settle into the leadership.
"In this regard, I have offered to continue as the Test captain for the forthcoming series with England and possibly Australia if the selectors believe this would help the new captain and aid the transition.
"I have no plans of retirement from international cricket at this stage and subject to form and fitness I would like to be considered for selection in all three formats of the game for the foreseeable future. "