Published On : Mon, Mar 7th, 2016

Cricket fans stunned as Lasith Malinga steps down from captainship of Sri Lanka ahead of World T20


Colombo / Nagpur: After another breakdown during a disappointing Asia Cup campaign in Bangladesh, injury-ravaged pacer Lasith Malinga has deicide to step down from Captainship of Sri Lanka Team ahead of the World Twenty20 in India.

Lasith Malinga, who had led Sri Lanka to their maiden World Twenty20 title in the previous edition, is battling a nagging knee injury.

All-rounder Angelo Mathews, who leads Sri Lanka in ODIs and Tests, will now be the team’s captain is all three formats of the game, Sri Lanka Cricket sources said.

SLC Vice President Mohan de Silva said Malinga had written to the SLC last night offering to step down down.
“He will continue to make himself available for selections,” de Silva said. It is speculated that the SLC management is unhappy with Malinga’s policy of selecting games and tournaments to play based on his recurring injury.

He played just the opening match of the Asia Cup in which Sri Lanka fared very badly. the islanders eventually crashed out of the tournament losing to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in what was their worse run in T20 history.