Sri Lanka vice captain Mahela Jayawardene and selector resign

April 6, 2011 7:10 pm0 commentsViews: 18


Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene and also the country’s four selectors have reisgned following the globe Cup final defeat by India.

They follow Kumar Sangakkara, who quit as one-day and Twenty20 captain on Tuesday, however remains as take a look at captain.

Ex-captain Jayawardene said the time was right to "move on".

The selectors, headed by former national skipper Aravinda de Silva, handed their resignations to Sri Lanka’s sports minister on Wednesday.

The quartet’s term was thanks to finish at the top of the month however De Silva, alongside Ranjith Fernando, Amal Silva and Azwer Ali selected to depart early within the wake of the six-wicket defeat by India in Mumbai on Saturday.

"While, like everybody else related to Sri Lanka Cricket we tend to are enormously disappointed at our not having the ability to annex the coveted World Cup, that was lost to India in a very highly competitive final, we tend to are terribly happy that we’ve been ready to meet most of our objectives in a very short house of your time," the selectors wrote in an open letter to sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

"In read of the actual fact that some major cricketing selections ought to be taken for the long run of Sri Lanka cricket thanks to vital assignments within the returning months, we might prefer to supply to step down immediately from the roles of national selectors."

Former captain Jayawardene stepped down as skipper in March 2009 following Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan, that was abandoned when the tourists’ team bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore on three March.

The 33-year-old became solely the sixth player in World Cup history to attain 100 within the final, however was the primary player to hit 3 figures and end on the losing aspect.

"I suppose it is time to maneuver on, offer the reins to somebody younger within the team," said elegant right-handed batsman Jayawardene, who has scored nine,527 runs in 116 Tests and nine,423 in 341 one-day internationals in an illustrious career.

Sangakkara said his call to resign as captain was created before the beginning of the globe Cup to form means for a younger leader.

However, the left-hander can stay as interim take a look at captain for his or her tour of England, that begins in might and lasts till July.

All-rounders Angelo Mathews and Tillakaratne Dilshan are among the leading contenders to switch Sangakkara.

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