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Dilshan considering Sri Lanka future
Tuesday 22 November 2011

Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said on Monday he would like to continue as Sri Lanka captain for another tour before deciding about his future after losing his third one-day series in a row.

The 35-year-old Dilshan, who took over as captain after Sri Lanka's runners-up finish in World Cup in April this year, said he doesn't know whether he would be retained for next month's tour of South Africa.

"I don't know what their (Sri Lankan selectors) views are but I was appointed captain until the South Africa series so I didn't think (about being sacked) but after the South Africa tour let's see how it goes from there," said Dilshan.

Sri Lanka play three Tests and five one-day matches on the tour of South Africa and many believe Dilshan could lose his job.

"As a captain I can't do anything to change the players' game. As a team unit we have to take responsibility. As captain I am disappointed to lose and we need to sit down and think where we can start again before the South Africa series," said Dilshan.

Afridi hit a robust 65-ball 75 to lift Pakistan from a struggling 120-7 to 200 all out before he derailed Sri Lanka from 155-3 to 174 all out, the last seven wickets falling for a mere 19 runs. The collapse was unbelieveable for Dilshan.

"It's unbelievable to lose seven wickets for 19 runs.Afridi batted and bowled well, but it was really disappointing to lose from a winning position. We got relaxed and no one took the responsibility. As a batting unit we should have finished the game," said Dilshan

Dilshan disagreed the captaincy was a burden for him.

"Captaincy is not a burden for me. At the moment our players are performing in one department and not doing well in the other and we are giving chances to youngsters who are not grabbing that opportunity," said Dilshan.

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