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Vice-captain not necessarily to become captain: Sangakkara

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2009 05:56 IST

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Mahela Jayawardene's decision to step down from captaincy after Pakistan Test tour came as a shock to long-time deputy and friend Kumar Sangakkara, who feels the right man should lead the team and vice-captain should not necessarily become the skipper.

"I think you never know whether you are ready or not until you are tested and tried. And of course it's never the case of the vice-captain automatically taking the job. It should always be the right man at the right time for the job," said Sangakkara.

The wicketkeeper-batsman is the favourite to become the next skipper but he feels timing will be the key to taking up the job.

"I think the timing is all important. We will have to wait and see what decision is made, and whatever decision is made will be made with the best interest of the side at heart," he said.

He also tried to play down his chances of filling in Jayawardene's shoes.

"Everyone has the capacity to lead. One of the things that we have tried to foster in our team in build eleven to fifteen people who can lead anytime because leadership during games is almost always situational and you get guys who are stepping up to help the captain at various times and in tough times," the 31-year-old told 'Cricinfo'.