Jayawardene quits as Sri Lanka`s vice-captain

Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

Colombo: A day after skipper Kumar Sangakkara stepped down, turmoil continued in Sri Lanka`s cricket team with vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene also quitting his post and the selection panel offering to resign en masse.

"Mahela has sent a letter stepping down from vice captaincy. The officials would soon meet to discuss a replacement," Sri Lanka Cricket chairman DS de Silva said.

The national selection panel -- headed by Aravinda de Silva and comprising Ranjith Fernando, Amal Silva and Shabbir Asgerally -- has also offered its resignation to Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, officials said.

Yesterday, Sangakkara had said that he was leaving the job to enable Sri Lanka find a suitable successor leading to the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Jayawardene, who was previously captain, has been Sangakkara`s deputy since 2009. De Silva`s selection panel was appointed in May 2010.

His panel has come in for severe criticism when Sri Lanka loss to India in Saturday`s World Cup final.

PTI