Sri Lanka Cricket Board appoint Mahela Jayawardene as consultant coach

Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has been named as a bating consultant for the national side. He has signed for one year with Sri Lankan Cricket Board. He will oversee players that are playing in the national side, U-19 side and Sri Lanka A side.

It is expected that he will look after the cricketing elements of the Sri Lanka’s national cricket team. He will also provide guidance and support to the young players included in the national setup for all three formats. He will also will work with coaches that are currently employee in Sri Lankan Cricket Board’s high-performance center.

After being named as consultant, Mahela Jayawardene expressed his pleasure of taking the role. He said that he is looking forward to working with the current crop of players and help in them in strategic planning and execution for the next year.

The appointment between the technical advisory committee and the SLC’s executive committee was signed with the below-mentioned consultations.

Jayawardene was previously also a part of Sri Lanka’s senior men’s squad as a consultant for the first season of the T20 World Cup, played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October and November this year. He was also booked as a consultant and mentor for the Under-19 team, which is preparing for next year’s Caribbean World Cup

In essence, Jayawardene is the first assignation to a men’s national team which, at the moment, has no technical staff, subsequent to the departure of Mickey Arthur. So it is understandable that the SLC technical advisory committee, chaired by Aravinda de Silva, risks appointing a new group of coaches and making changes to the very structure of the coaches. The men’s team’s next international match won’t be until February 11, when they face the T20Is in Australia.

Nevertheless, Jayawardene will be shuffling this charge with two other amazing and high-profile coaching gigs, i.e., the Mumbai Indians and head coach Southern Brave, in the Hundred competitions and IPL, respectively.

One of Sri Lanka’s greatest hitters, Jayawardene is also considered one of the best captains Sri Lanka has ever had and has been recognized for his tactical flair for decades.