After defeat, Collingwood unsure of his future as T20 captainJune 16th, 2009 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 16 (IANS) Paul Collingwood is unsure of his future as England’s captain in the shortest format after being knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 by the West Indies, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Speaking after England lost to the West Indies by five wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the Super Eights, Collingwood twice stopped short of saying that he wants to retain the job, The Times reported.
“I don’t know. I don’t even know when our next Twenty20 game is. I have not thought about it,” the England skipper said.
“We have shown fighting spirit all the way through the event,” Collingwood said, but added elimination by the D/L method was “a cruel way to go”.
“Hitting boundaries in the middle overs is obviously an area to look at for the future. We are catching up with our skills and our thought processes are there, but it is very important we play more 20-over cricket if we are realistic about winning this kind of competition,” he said.
England’s next Twenty20 tie is against Australia at the end of August, but the ICC World Twenty20 will be around as soon as April next year, when West Indies play host.