x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Dilshan's captaincy under fire

Six consecutive series defeats during his tenure draws criticism from the selection committee, but the batsman says he will take stock of the situation following Sri Lanka's upcoming tour of South Africa.

Tillakaratne Dilshan's future as the Sri Lanka captain is in doubt after a sixth successive series loss in his brief tenure.

Sri Lanka lost the fourth one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday after a collapse of seven wickets for 19 runs. That sealed a third successive ODI series loss, to go with three Test series defeats since Dilshan took over after the 2011 World Cup.

Asked whether he would like to continue, or whether he feared his dismissal, Dilshan said: "I don't know. They've [the selectors] appointed me for the South Africa series but I don't know what their view is. The captain can't do anything alone, as a unit we have to take responsibility.

"I still haven't decided anything, I have to go through the next series and see how it goes."

The pressure has been on through the tour. During the Tests, the side came in for wide-ranging criticism from Duleep Mendis, the chief selector. Last week, the interim committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was also dissolved, increasing the chances that a new administration may plump for a new leader.

osamiuddin@thenational.ae