Sri Lanka appoints Jayawardene as consultant coach

Jayawardene will also continue his role with the Under-19 team, as it prepares for next year’s ICC under-19 World Cup to be held in West Indies.

Jayawardene, who has had successful coaching stints in franchise cricket across the globe since retirement, was recently part of the Sri Lankan coaching set-up in the first round of the 2021 T20 World Cup.   -  AP

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board on Monday, appointed former skipper Mahela Jayawardene as a consultant coach for the national side, effective from January 2022.

Jayawardene, who has been roped in on a one-year contract, will overlook the "overall cricketing element" of the national sides and offer his insights at the High-Performance Center.

The rule was made official by SLC's executive committee post consultations with the technical advisory committee of the Board.

‘’We are extremely happy that Mahela is joining the National Team for an extended role, especially given the context that Sri Lanka has a heavy international calendar during the year 2022,’’ said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Jayawardene, who has had successful coaching stints in franchise cricket with Mumbai Indians and Southern Brave in the inaugural Hundred, was recently part of the Sri Lankan coaching set-up in the first round of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

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“Mahela’s contributions during the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup became invaluable for the overall performances of our team in the concluded event,’ De Silva, added.

Jayawardene will also continue his role with the Under-19 team, as it prepares for next year’s ICC under-19 World Cup to be held in West Indies.

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“This is an exciting opportunity to work with the national cricketers and coaches in our various development squads, including the U19 and A Team teams, to help us do justice to the enormous cricketing talent and potential in Sri Lanka,” said Jayawardene.

“My main role will be supporting our team of national coaches and support staff in terms of our preparation and strategic-thinking during the coming year," he added.

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