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08-Oct-2012 02:52:00 GMT
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Jayawardene Quits Twenty20 Captaincy

Colombo: Soon after losing his fourth World Cup final within five years, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene decided to quit captaincy in the shortest format of the game.

Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to the final of the WorldTwenty20 here, before they lost to the West Indies at the Premadasa on Sunday. The 35-year-old announced his decision at the end of the press conference after the final.

"Just one more thing, guys. I have decided to step down as the T20 captain. I had spoken to the selectors before the start of the tournament, and they are fine with the decision.

This is a great opportunity for one of the young players to step up. We need a young leadership going forward," Jayawardene said.

Was the decision out of dejection of losing the final? "I would have quit captaincy even if we had won," clarified the veteran.

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