Jayawardene steps down as T20 skipper

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Published: Monday, October 8, 2012, 10:21 [IST]
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Jayawardene steps down as T20 skipper

Colombo, Oct 8: Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene decided to step down as captain of the national T20 team, following their 36-run defeat to West Indies in the World T20 final at R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Having played his fourth World Cup final, Mahela Jayawardene and his team failed to win the title, as they choked while chasing a modest 138.

"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," said Mahela after the loss to West Indies in the final.

Jayawardene's wicket was indeed the turning point, as things could have changed if he had stayed for a few more overs. It was a poor shot off Narine's bowling that gave Windies the prized wicket of Jayawardene which ensured that Windies had already won the battle.

The 35 year old cricketer also admitted that a youngster needs to be groomed for the job, and stepped down as T20 skipper but confirmed that he would continue to lead the side in the ODIs and Tests until December 2012.

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

"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

Having quit captaincy, Mahela was asked if he would continue to play T20 internationals, as the 35 year old replied saying it would certainly depend on the new captain.

"It depends whether the new captain wants me in the team."


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