Sunday 7 October 2012 

Jayawardene Steps Down As T20 Captain

Jayawardene Steps Down As T20 Captain
Jayawardene Steps Down As T20 Captain
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Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has followed the example of Younus Khan in 2009 by stepping down at the conclusion of an ICC World Twenty20 event.

He announced his resignation as Twenty20 International captain following his side's 36-run defeat to the West Indies, although he is to remain available for selection in the shortest format of the game.

Jayawardene stepped in to captain after Tillakaratne Dilshan stood down last year, reprising a role he had between 2006 and 2009.

He led the side to the final of the ICC World Cup in 2011 and the final of the ICC WT20 on home soil and will continue to lead the Test and One-Day International side.

"I had told the selectors before the tournament started that I won't captain in T20 and they needed to groom someone else for the future," news agencies quoted him as telling reporters following the final in Colombo.

© Cricket World 2012

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