Tillakaratne Dilshan quits as Sri Lanka captain

Tillakaratne Dilshan has resigned as Sri Lanka captain in all three formats of the game, a day after his team’s tour of South Africa ended.

South Africa won the Test series 2-1 and took the one-day series 3-2, although Sri Lanka responded well to claim the last two ODIs after the hosts were on course for a whitewash.

Dilshan, 35, took up the captaincy after Kumar Sangakkara stepped down following Sri Lanka’s defeat in the 2011 World Cup final against India.

“National captain TM Dilshan has submitted his resignation as captain of the national team to the chairman of the national selection committee with immediate effect”, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.

“Dilshan has resigned as captain in all three formats of the game. We wish him well as he continues to represent Sri Lanka as a national player.”

Dilshan captained his team on tours to England, the UAE [against Pakistan] and South Africa and at home against Australia. His captaincy came under severe criticism as Sri Lanka lost both the Test and ODI series against all the four countries.

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