A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Mahela Jayawardene steps down as Sri Lanka T20 captain

Jayawardene is highly likely to be replaced by Matthews

Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he will be resigning as the captain of the Twenty20 squad after his team lost in the finals of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 to the West Indies.

Jayawardene will continue captaining the ODI and Test squads until the end of Sri Lanka’s tour to Australia in January, while still remaining open to selection for the Twenty20 team as well.

“I had a chat to the selectors before this tournament started. I was going to step down from T20 captaincy after this World Cup, I personally feel that for Sri Lanka going forward we need a younger leader. It’s a great opportunity for somebody to start in that T20 format. I’ve spoken to the selectors and they were quite happy with that choice,” Jayawardene said.

All-rounder Angelo Matthews, who has been groomed over the past 18 months to take over as captain, is the frontrunner to replace Jayawardene as leader of the Twenty20 squad.

In 2009, Jayawardene had resigned as captain from all formats of the game, but took the reigns once again in January this year after opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan stepped down.

Jayawardene noted that he would only be captaining the side until one of the younger players has had enough experience to take over.

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara has also led the side in the past, but quit after losing in the 2011 ICC World Cup finals to India.

“I took over till the Australia tour, so I’ll assess what I want to do after that,” Jayawardene said.

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