Tillakaratne Dilshan steps down as Sri Lanka captain
Tillakaratne Dilshan has stepped down as Sri Lanka captain, just a day after guiding his side to a two-wicket vicotry in the final ODI clash of their five-match series against South Africa, which they lost 3-2.
Dilshan has overseen a tough period for Sri Lankan cricket both on and off the field since taking over as captain from Kumar Sangakkara after the 2011 World Cup.
Below par displays on their tours of England, the UAE (the temporary 'home' of Pakistan) and South Africa have been set against the backdrop of inner fighting and turmoil behind the scenes.
Reports have emerged recently claiming contracted members of the national squad have been unpaid since March last year, after Sri Lanka Cricket overran their budget for World Cup stadium construction.
In addition, a new selection panel was sworn in last week while there is talk coach Geoff Marsh will be replaced by Graham Ford after just five months in charge of the national set-up.
Marsh has been tipped to make way for former South Africa coach Ford, who this past week resigned from his role as head coach of Durban team the Dolphins, citing a desire to coach at international level.
If Ford does take up the role, he will be Sri Lanka's fifth coach in less than a year since their ICC World Cup final defeat to India in April 2011.
Sri Lanka, who have lost every Test and ODI series under Dilshan's guidance, are believed to have offered the captaincy to Mahela Jayawardene, who is said to have asked for time to think it over.