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07 Mar 2016

Lasith Malinga steps down as captain, Angelo Mathews to lead Sri Lanka

SLC Vice President Mohan de Silva said Malinga had written to the SLC last night offering to step down down

Colombo: Injury-ravaged pacer Lasith Malinga has stepped down as Sri Lanka's captain for the upcoming World Twenty20 in India following another breakdown during a disappointing Asia Cup campaign in Bangladesh.

Malinga, who 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.

UPCOMING MATCHES

23-27 Nov 2017, 05.30 IST
1st Test

Australia v England

, Brisbane

24-28 Nov 2017, 09.30 IST
2nd Test

India v Sri Lanka

, Nagpur

24 Nov 2017, .
1st ODI

Scotland v PNG

, Dubai

25 Nov 2017, .
2nd ODI

Scotland v PNG

, Dubai

RECENT MATCHES

1st, Match - Zimbabwe v Hong Kong , Nagpur
Zimbabwe 158/8 (20/20 ov)
Hong Kong 144/6 (20.0/20 ov)
Zimbabwe won by 14 runs

2nd, Match - Afghanistan v Scotland, Nagpur
Afghanistan 170/5 (20/20 ov)
Scotland 156/5 (20.0/20 ov)
Afghanistan won by 14 runs

3rd , Match - Bangladesh v Netherlands , Dharamsala
Bangladesh 153/7 (20/20 ov)
Netherlands 145/7 (20.0/20 ov)
Bangladesh won by 8 runs

4th, Match - Ireland v Oman, Dharamsala
Ireland 154/5 (20/20 ov)
Oman 157/8 (19.4/20 ov)
Oman won by 2 wickets