Siriwardene Resigns Sri Lanka Captaincy

Shasikala Siriwardene
Shashikala Siriwardene has stepped down as Sri Lanka captain
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Experienced all-rounder Shashikala Siriwardene has stepped down as captain of the Sri Lanka Women's national team.

She recently led the side during the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where Sri Lanka finished a disappointing eighth place.

They managed one win in their group - against India - before losing the remaining three matches and then being defeated by New Zealand and Pakistan in positional play-offs, meaning they will have to qualify for the 2016 event.

"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Ms. Shashikala Siriwardene has stepped down from the Captaincy of the National Team," a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) read.

"Shashikala tendered her resignation from the Captaincy of Sri Lanka Women’s Team to the CEO of SLC Mr. Ashley De Silva."

Siriwardene first captained her country back in 2005 and the match against Pakistan was her 100th leading Sri Lanka in all formats.

She has played 76 One-Day Internationals and 39 Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.

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