Former Legendary Cricketer Mahela Jayawardene appointed Sri Lanka's 'consultant coach'

Former Legendary Cricketer Mahela Jayawardene appointed Sri Lanka’s ‘consultant coach’

Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the “consultant coach” of Sri Lanka’s national teams. Starting from January 1, 2022, Jayawardene’s appointment is for one year and decided by Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee.

In his new task, Jayawardene will be “in charge of the overall cricketing element of the national teams and will provide invaluable strategic support for the players and management teams at the High-Performance Center,” according to SLC.

Jayawardene expresses his honor at being appointed this new role

Jayawardene will continue to work with Sri Lanka’s U19 cricket team keeping in mind the World Cup next year. “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 Mahela.

“I am very passionate about Sri Lankan cricket and believe that with a coordinated and focused team effort, taking a holistic approach working across all age groups, we can achieve consistent success in the future. 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.”

Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, said: ”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. 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.”

Mahela Jayawardene’s credentials for the role

Since his retirement, Jaywardene has also tried his hand at coaching stints like the one he did with the English team prior to the World T20 in India as their consultant. He took over from Ricky Ponting as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL for the 2017 season, leading them to title victories in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Jayawardene is highly respected in the cricketing world, both as a person and as a cricket genius. Sangakkara and Mahela together took Sri Lanka to heights of glory in cricket, especially in the biggest tournaments of cricket – ICC World Cups. He was recently inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame alongside former South African – Shaun Pollock.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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