Colombo: After the defeat in the summit clash of the recently concluded World Cup at the hands of co-hosts India, a disheartened Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara has quit as T20 and one day international captain of the national team.

Sangakkara took over the captaincy reins from Mahela Jayawardene back in 2007, when Sri Lanka failed to cross the last hurdle and were convincingly beaten by mighty Aussies in the WC final then.

Sangakkara said he told the national selectors that he would quit as one-day and Twenty20 captain with immediate effect, but has offered to continue as Test captain on an interim basis if required.

"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," Sangakkara wrote to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara Factfile

Full Name:     Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
Born:            October 27, 1977
Country:        Sri Lanka
Batting:         Left Handed Batsman
Test Debut:    Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle - July 20-23, 2000
ODI Debut:    Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle - July 5, 2000

One of the country’s best batsmen, wicketkeeper, Sangakkara is a proven customer in all formats of the game. He is, without a trace of doubt, Sri Lanka’s most technically correct batsman. That he scores heavily, and consistently, rubs onto his teammates. His ability to tackle adverse situations has won him praise and respect from his teammates.

A shrewd strategist, Sangakkara has many tricks up his sleeve, and that keeps the oppositions guessing. Since taking over the reins from Mahela Jayawardene, Sangakkara had been doing a pretty decent job, winning a tri-series featuring India, in Bangladesh. After narrowly missing out on the World T20 title, where they were knocked out by England in the last four stage, this is the best.

JPN