Mahela named captain of ICC World T20 team

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Outgoing Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was named skipper of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) team of the World Twenty20 tournament on Monday, one day after his side were beaten in the final by a rampant West Indies.

Jayawardene announced his decision to give up the captaincy after the hosts lost by 36 runs on Sunday, Sri Lanka's fourth successive defeat in a World Cup final, in front of a disappointed full house at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

A five-member ICC panel selected three Sri Lankan players and two each from the new champions and Australia in the 11-man team, the governing body said in a statement.

Chris Gayle and all-rounder Shane Watson, the player of the tournament, were named openers while India's Virat Kohli, Jayawardene, England's Luke Wright and explosive West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels filled up the middle-order slots.

Young Australian seamer Mitchell Starc and limited-overs specialist Lasith Malinga were the two fast bowlers in the team, while experienced Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal and Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka were named as the two slow bowlers.

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was selected as the wicket-keeper, while South Africa were the only major cricketing nation without a representative in the team.

Team: Chris Gayle (West Indies), Shane Watson (Australia), Virat Kohli (India), Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka - captain), Luke Wright (England), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka). (Reuters)
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  • Trevor Tuesday, 09 October 2012 05:20 AM

    Mahela and Sangakkara were out with similar actions they performed at T20 series. Mahela should have avoided sweeping to the opposite direction and Sangakkara should have avoided hitting sixes at the beginning. Mathew also was out, attempting to sweep on the opposite direction. Although we all know Malinga is a superb bowler, Mahela should have immediately changed the bowler when WI was found comfortable with Malinga’s bowling. The mistakes can be corrected by the coach while going through the video records of the match. FOCUS, do the right and you will win. atrevorf@yahoo.co.uk.

    Roshan Hassen Monday, 08 October 2012 12:00 AM

    You are the best Captain in the world and No one will challange that for sure. via DM Android App

    pathum Monday, 08 October 2012 10:40 AM

    that is why we loins always proud of u. mahiya u are the best captain forever.

    Mohammed Ghouse Tuesday, 09 October 2012 05:24 AM

    Arjuna WAS the best. Maheal IS the best.

    Tharanga Monday, 08 October 2012 10:51 AM

    Well done Mahela - We Sri Lankans are very proud of you !

    saman wickramasinghe Monday, 08 October 2012 10:58 AM

    Not the best

    sumithi Monday, 08 October 2012 10:57 AM

    It is still hard to think how we lost the match...
    But at a time when SL team were on disarray You gave us this fighting chance.
    You and Our Cricket Team is the only thing that makes us proud of our Country these days...Thank You Mahela !!

    H.F. Tuesday, 09 October 2012 05:36 AM

    Why getting things complicated here?? I'm sure Mahela respects Arjuna more than anyone of us. He is a gentleman unlike 'some' who have commented here. Mahela has achieved something significant..we Sri Lankans should be proud of that! So many cricketing legends are in the World T20 team but our very own Mahela is the Captain!!

    rosh Monday, 08 October 2012 10:59 AM

    then who? the good for nothing Ranathunga?

    sumithi Monday, 08 October 2012 11:09 AM

    He had the courage to give up captaincy to sanga and to Perform to be in the Team. This time he took over captaincy when SL team was in poor form. He took us to a final. He doesnt wear Captaincy.. He showed the metal of a True Captain.

    Trevor Tuesday, 09 October 2012 10:31 AM

    Mahela is a gentleman and a great captain. His team is very united. Based on the matches he takes firm decisions in selecting the team with no favourism. If I can have Mahela's email address I would give him some positive advise. Mahela, its not the time for you to step down. Please stay back for sometime. atrevorf@yahoo.co.uk

    Hisham Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:00 AM

    action speaks louder than the words mahela.guys correct me if I'm wrong but the last match I have seen a match played was sometime ago when they played against the Australian team. via DM Android App

    guest Monday, 08 October 2012 11:58 PM

    Mahela may be a smart cricketer, but only street-smart. He lacks ethics and openly cheated ICC rules by changing captaincy in the midst of T20 championship.

    Dunya Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:10 AM

    Arjuna is the best Captain We ever had. He is capable of making use even ordinary players.

    Chryshan Tuesday, 09 October 2012 03:21 AM

    Bladdy fool

    RegularJoe Tuesday, 09 October 2012 03:22 AM

    statistically no but he DID put SL on the winning path - a great feat indeed.

    RAN Tuesday, 09 October 2012 03:32 AM

    I wish to Mahela. You are the best captain in the world cricket. We congratulate as new world T20 captain.

    arshad Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:00 AM

    congratz mate via DM Android App

    Ami Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:58 AM

    Why do you say that is cheating? Others like your Dhoni couldn't use their brain. They keep it to use for dollar making. Mahela is a complete captain, he knows how to play his cards.

    baby Monday, 08 October 2012 12:00 AM

    arjuna is the best captain ever via DM Android App

    anand Tuesday, 09 October 2012 04:49 AM

    give and take policy


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