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Cricket: Sangakkara quits as Sri Lanka captain

Cricket: Sangakkara quits as Sri Lanka captain

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara on Tuesday quit his job three days after his team lost to India in the World Cup final to allow new blood and fresh thinking into the team. "It was a planned departure made known to selectors and the governing body way back as January," Sangakkara told reporters. "I will step down as one-day and Twenty20 captain immediately." The 33-year-old said that he will stay on as Test captain for an interim period for the forthcoming series with England, and possibly Australia, if the selectors believe this would help the new captain and aid the transition. "After careful consideration I have concluded that it is in the best long-term interests of the team that I step down now as national captain so that a new leader can be properly groomed for the 2015 World Cup," he said. "This was a decision I made prior to the World Cup. I sh...

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