6 Apr 2011

Sangakkara steps down as Sri Lanka captain

9:08 am on 6 April 2011

Kumar Sangakkara has stood down as captain of Sri Lanka's limited overs cricket team after their World Cup final loss to India but plans to carry on as the interim test skipper until a replacement is found.

The 33-year-old led by example at the World Cup, finishing as the third highest scorer with 465 runs behind team mate Tillakaratne Dilshan (500), who many pundits believe may succeed him as the next captain, and Indian Sachin Tendulkar (482).

The left-hander, however, dismissed any talk of retirement.

Sangakkara took over the captaincy reins from Mahela Jayawardene in 2009 and under him, Sri Lanka won five of their 14 test matches and 27 out of 45 one-day internationals.

Sangakkara says he made the decision prior to the World Cup jointly hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.