Monday, January 23, 2012

Dilshan resigned next Sri Lanka caption Jayewardene

Colombo, January 23.Tillakaratne Dilshan resigned as Sri Lanka's cricket captain in all three Mahela Jayewardene has been named captain after Dilshan's resignation forms of the game on Monday next the team's disastrous tour of South Africa, official said.Sri Lanka Cricket named previous captain Mahela Jayewardene -- who led the side to the World Cup final in 2007 -- as captain for next month's triangular one-day series in Australia, also feature India.

Dilshan, 35, took up the captaincy on a series-to-series basis after Kumar Sangakkara step down following Sri Lanka's defeat in the 2011 World Cup final next to India.Sri Lanka lost both the Test and one-day series in South Africa, though they recovered a measure of satisfaction with win in the final two limited-over’s games, the last on Sunday."Dilshan has resigned as captain in all three formats of the game," SLC said.

Under Dilshan, Sri Lanka lost Test and one-day series against England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. "Member of the management committee takes this opening to thank Dilshan for his assurance and devotion during his tenure as the national captain," the board said."We also wish him well as he continues to represent Sri Lanka as a national player."While Dilshan's own batting form suffers during his reign, he led the team to a famous Test win in Durban this year -- Sri Lanka's first on South African soil.

There was no urgent comment from Dilshan, who has so far scored 4,662 runs in 77 Tests and 5,896 runs in 224 one-day internationals. His replacement is part of an ongoing shake-up after the national team's latest poor run abroad against South Africa and Pakistan. "We are change things at the top to try and change things around," Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told AFP.The minister last week name a four-member selection panel head by Asantha de Mel, a previous national player, and give them one year to put the group in order.

Trainer Geoff Marsh and team manager Anura Tennakoon is also tip to replaced, local media report over in the weekend. Marsh was appointing in September 2011 for two years. Previous South Africa coach Graham Ford is due to in the island on Tuesday to replace for Marsh, the state-run Daily News said Monday.

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