Sangakkara quits as Sri Lanka limited-overs captain

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has stood down as captain of their limited-overs team after their World Cup final loss to India on Saturday, but plans to carry on as Test skipper until a replacement is found.

“I would like to announce that after careful consideration I have concluded that it is in the best long-term interests of the team that I step down now as national captain,” Sangakkara said in a statement on the Sri Lanka team website on Tuesday.

Sangakkara (33) said he made the decision prior to the World Cup jointly hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

“I met with the selectors on Monday and I explained my reasons for my decision and I assured them of my fullest support in helping our new captain settle into the leadership,” he added.

“In this regard, I have offered to continue as the Test captain for the forthcoming series with England and possibly Australia if the selectors believe this would help the new captain and aid the transition.”—Reuters

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