The last of the trio that held together Sri Lankan cricket in the last five years, vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene, announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down from the post, marking the end of an era in the cricketing history of the island.
"When a World Cup finishes, it is time for a change. Mahela, Murali (and I) are remnants of a past era," said captain Kumar Sangakkara."A lot of new players have come in and stood up to be counted. Now I think it is their time, it is their future," he said.
Jayawardene shares a deep personal bond with Sangakkara, who announced that he was stepping down as captain on Tuesday. Veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has already announced his retirement from all forms of the game at the international level. The three had formed the backbone of Sri Lankan cricket in the past decade.