Kolkata: Kumar Sangakkara has said that the Sri Lankan board should choose a long-term captain as his successor and not succumb and give someone a caretaker role. Sangakkara believed both Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews were ready for captaincy but said they should be given longer runs if they are to be successful.
"You have to look long term. Not just what is good for now... If you want to go for Dilshan, give him the confidence for a long term," Sangakkara told ESPNcricinfo. "Don't give the captaincy to Dilshan and say, 'You are just going to be captain for a year and half'. It's not going to be good for him, for he is going to think, 'My days are numbered anyway'. And so it won't be good for the team.
"Both Dilshan and Angie [Angelo] are suitable. If they think Angie is too young then Dilshan will do a good job because he has these little touches for success. Anything he does on the field, he has this little knack. I don't know whether he will be the long-term candidate with his age, but if he keeps himself fit he can easily play the next World Cup.