Kumar Sangakkara posted a post on his personal blog “Sanga Writes” that he is stepping down as the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team after the forthcoming cricket series with Australia and England. He mentioned the reason for the resignation being that by the time of the next world cup he will be 37 years old and he cannot be sure of his presence in the Sri Lankan cricket team. He further explained that the team has to be lead by a person who will be at the peak of their career. This seems to be a honest decision made by a great Trinitian to let another qualified young person to take charge and lead the team to victory.
Here is the press release he posted on his blog;
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 so that a new leader can be properly groomed for the 2015 World Cup in Australia.
This was a decision I made prior to the 2011 World Cup. I will be 37 by the next World Cup and I cannot therefore be sure of my place in the team. It is better that Sri Lanka is led now by a player who will be at the peak of their career during that tournament.
It has been a true honour and a great privilege to serve my country as captain during the past two years and, although bitterly disappointed that we could not win the final, I am very proud of the performances of the team.
I am also very grateful for the wonderful support received from Sri Lankan fans all around the world. Our supporters were a source of great inspiration before, during and after the tournament and I know all the players are extremely thankful for this.
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.
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.
I have no plans of retirement from international cricket at this stage and subject to form and fitness I would like to be considered for selection in all three formats of the game for the foreseeable future.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates and the coaching staff for their hard-work and support. I would also like to thank my wife Yehali, my young twins and family for being willing to sacrifice so much to allow me to lead the team.
Source : Sanga Writes
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Published 6 years ago