Shashikala Siriwardene says quitting Sri Lanka captaincy was a tough call

Sri Lanka’s 29-year-old woman’s cricketer Shashikala Siriwardene says her decision to step down from the captaincy was a tough one after the all-rounder relinquished her post last week after eight season’s in charge.

by BIPIN DANI

cricket field“Yes, it was a tough call but I have no regrets,” she said. “I am happy to end like this and my family, cricket board officials and friends have supported my decision – I got lot of support from them.”

“I shall be happy to help the young players in future, I will also try to groom the young leader for the national woman and I shall continue to play under my new captain.”

Shashikala has been confirmed for the Women’s MCC vs. Rest of the World match at Lord’s on 19 May this year. The match will be played on the occasion to celebrate the bicentenary of the present ground. Captains of India and Pakistan’s women team are also scheduled to participate in this match.

“I have played under Mithali Raj in the Afro-Asian match in 2007,” Shashikala continued. “It was great to play under her and again I am having a chance to play with her and also Sana Mir. I would like to say it is a privilege to play with such great players.

“I have just played one match with Mithali and it will be the first time to play with Sana Mir – I hope we can do well together.”

Bipin Dani

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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