Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jayawardene to step down

In a surprise move, Mahela Jayawardene has announced that he will resign as Sri Lanka captain after the upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan. The decision, announced on Wednesday, comes three days after Sri Lanka lost 4-1 to India in their home ODI series. Ever since leading the team to the World Cup finals in 2007, Jayawardene became the first Sri Lankan captain to lose a home series to EnglanSince the 2007 World Cup, Jayawardene had captained the team in 49 ODIs winning 25 games, but of those wins 13 came against minnows Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates.

However, the team had done well under Jayawardene’s captaincy with series wins against England and India at home and squared a two match series in the West Indies.

Jayawardene also had struggled for form in ODIs having managed just one half-century in his last 17 ODI innings.d in 2007 October and followed that up with a first ever series defeat to India in August 2008.

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