Jayasuriya's resignation rejected

Sanath Jayasuriya will remain as captain of the national side, an official said on Sunday, after he offered to step down following his team's loss in their World Cup semi-final against Australia last week.
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Published on Mar 23, 2003 06:12 PM IST
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PTI | By Reuters, Colombo

Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya will remain as captain of the national side, an official said on Sunday, after he offered to step down following his team's loss in their World Cup semi-final against Australia last week.

"Sanath has agreed to continue with the captaincy," said Charnika Munasinghe, media manager of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka.

Jayasuriya handed in a letter of resignation on Saturday after the defeat by Australia in a match that many commentators felt the Sri Lankans had a chance of winning because it was played on a pitch suited to their style of cricket.

Munasinghe said the national team selectors had decided not to accept his resignation.

The 33-year-old left-hander has been Sri Lanka's most exciting batsmen over the past seven years after making his breakthrough in the 1996 World Cup and helping win the trophy.

Sri Lanka will play in Sharjah next month in a triangular tournament with Pakistan and South Africa.

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