Cricket :Jayawardene steps down as T20 captain

Cricket :Jayawardene steps down as T20 captain

Colombo : Sri Lanka | Oct 07, 2012 at 3:43 PM PDT
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The heartbreaking defeat of hosts Sri Lanka in the ICC T20 World Cup finals against the West Indies, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene announced that he stepped down from Twenty20 cricket captaincy.

He announced his decision at the end of the post-match press conference.He said ,“I personally feel that for Sri Lanka going forward, we need a younger leader. I think it's a great opportunity for somebody to start in the T20 format. "

When asked whether he will continue playing Twenty20 international, he smiled and replied: "It depends whether the new captain wants me in the team."

Jayawardene, 35, has scored 1,224 runs in 44 Twenty20 internationals at a strike rate of 133.77 per 100 balls.

He will remain the Test and ODI cricket captain of Sri Lanka.

In the low scoring match Sri Lanka was well placed to win a first major title in 16 years up until the 10th over as West Indies struggled at 32-2.

But Marlon Samuels smashed six sixes and three fours in his blistering knock of 78 off 56 balls to guide the West Indies to a competitive 137-6.

West Indies won the first world title since the 50-over World Cup triumph in 1979.

It was the 4th major loss of Sri Lanka in a big cricket event. Jayawardene was the playing member in each of the team's two 50-over World Cup final losses in 2007 and 2011 and the T20 final loss to Pakistan in 2009, including this.

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Jayawardene steps down as Sri Lanka T20 captain
Mahela Jayawardene stepped down as Sri Lanka's 20-over captain after failing to lead his team to their maiden World Twenty20 title on Sunday.
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