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Sri Lanka switch captains to avoid ban in World T20

Hosts Sri Lanka have used a bagful of tricks to outwit rivals on their way to World Twenty20 semifinal, even changing captains for a match to further their cause.

Eyebrows were raised when Kumar Sangakkara, and not regular captain Mahela Jayawardene, walked out to toss in Monday’s match against England in Pallekele. Both Jayawardene and designated vice-captain Angelo Mathews were part of the playing eleven, but the team sheet had senior pro Sangakkara as skipper in an extraordinary turn of events.

Mahela said later the change was made to prevent him and Mathews from missing the semifinal as they were serving a one-match notice for slow over-rates. ‘The intention was not wrong,’ Jayawardene said.

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