Jayawardene steps down

  • Last Updated: October 7 2012, 21:19 BST

Mahela Jayawardene stepped down as Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain after the "hurt" of defeat to the West Indies.

Mahela Jayawardene: Has resigned the captaincy

Jayawardene will remain available for selection in all formats, but revealed he had decided before the World Twenty20 tournament began that he would be giving up the captaincy in the shortest format.

"I had a chat to the selectors before this tournament started. I was going to step down from T20 captaincy after this World Cup," Jayawardene said.

"I personally feel that for Sri Lanka going forward we need a younger leader. It's a great opportunity for somebody to start in that T20 format. I've spoken to the selectors and they were quite happy with that choice."

The Windies' 36-run final win looked a highly unlikely outcome for much of the game, but in the end Marlon Samuels' belligerent 78 from 56 balls proved decisive.

Samuels saw a clutch of his fellow top-order ball-strikers fail to register on a slow but fair pitch. He did not panic, however, and pushed his team up to 137 for six - a total which, contrary to expectation, proved far too many for Sri Lanka. They were dismissed for just 101 in reply after a middle-order collapse.

Discussing the loss, the 35-year-old Jayawardene said: "It hurts a lot.

"You want to do something special, personally and for the public as well.

"I'm very disappointed for the fans we couldn't give them what we wanted, but I'm very proud of the boys for the way they played the entire tournament.

"Marlon took a gamble after the 12th over. He put his hand up and performed, and at that crucial moment we just couldn't control.

"The way we started the game was fantastic, but a couple of mistakes in the field and a few bad overs shifted the momentum."


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