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Sangakkara steps down

Gloveman relinquishes one-day and Twenty20 duties

Sangakkara: End of an era

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Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has stepped down from his post as one-day and Twenty20 skipper with immediate effect.

The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has announced his decision just three days after guiding Sri Lanka to the final of the 2011 World Cup.

Sangakkara, 33, has told the national selectors that he will quit as one-day and Twenty20 captain, but has offered to continue as Test captain on an interim basis if required.

"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," Sangakkara wrote to Sri Lanka Cricket.

"This was a decision I made prior to the 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."

Pride and joy

Sangakkara, who has scored 9,164 runs in 291 ODIs, insists he has no immediate plans yet to retire as a player.

"This was a decision I made prior to the World Cup. I will be 37 by the next World Cup and I cannot therefore be sure of my place in the team."

Kumar Sangakkara

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"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.

"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."

Sangakkara spoke of his pride and joy to have led the side for two years since taking over from Mahela Jayawardene in March, 2009.

Sri Lanka were denied a first World Cup title since 1996 when they went down to a six-wicket defeat to India in Mumbai.

"It has been a true honour and a great privilege to serve my country as captain during the past two years," he said.

"Although bitterly disappointed that we could not win the final, I am very proud of the performances of the team.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates and the coaching staff for their hard work and support."

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