Lasith Malinga has had injury troubles of late, which has kept him out for for a considerable amount of time © AFP
Lasith Malinga has had injury troubles of late, which has kept him out for for a considerable amount of time © AFP

Colombo: Injury-ravaged pacer Lasith Malinga has stepped down as Sri Lanka’s captain for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 2016 in India following another breakdown during a disappointing Asia Cup campaign in Bangladesh. Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to their maiden World Twenty20 title in the previous edition, is battling a nagging knee injury. All-rounder Angelo Mathews, who leads Sri Lanka in ODIs and Tests, will now be the team’s captain is all three formats of the game, Sri Lanka Cricket sources said. SLC Vice President Mohan de Silva said Malinga had written to the SLC last night offering to step down down. READ: Lasith Malinga hints international retirement despite good show in Asia Cup 2016 match vs UAE

“He will continue to make himself available for selections,” de Silva said. It is speculated that the SLC management is unhappy with Malinga’s policy of selecting games and tournaments to play based on his recurring injury. He played just the opening match of the Asia Cup in which Sri Lanka fared very badly. The islanders eventually crashed out of the tournament losing to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in what was their worse run in T20 history. READ: ICC World T20 2016: Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews included in Sri Lanka squad

Malinga had hinted that he would retire from international cricket after the World T20. On being asked if he would announce his international retirement before the ICC world T20 2016 like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene had done, he simply replied, “I might.” Malinga had earlier also suggested that keeping in mind his current situation does not permit him to take longer breaks in his career like he had to take following his knee injury that kept him out of action for more than three months.