- Jayawardene appointed as Sri Lanka’s advisor for T20 World Cup
- Mahela Jayawardene appointed as consultant coach of Sri Lanka national team
- Jayawardene is currently associated with Sri Lanka’s Under-19 team.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed former captain Mahela Jayawardene as the advisory coach of its national team for a period of one year with effect from January 1, 2022. According to a statement issued by Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday, Jayawardene will be in charge of all cricket matters related to the national team and will make important suggestions to the players and the management team at the ‘High Performance Centre’.
Jayawardene, who was the coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians, has been assigned this role by the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Ashley D’Silva, Chief Executive Officer, SLC, said, “We are delighted that Mahela is joining the national team in a wider role. Sri Lanka has a very busy schedule in 2022 and it is important in this context.
Jayawardene was appointed as Sri Lanka’s consultant for the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in UAE. Jayawardene, who has played 149 Tests and 448 ODIs in his career, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with the national cricketers and coaches of our various teams, including the U-19 and ‘A’ teams. My main role will be to help my team’s national coach and support staff members.
Jayawardene said, “I am very passionate about Sri Lankan cricket and I believe that with mutual coordination and taking a holistic approach with all age groups, we can achieve continued success in the future.”
Jayawardene is currently playing his part in preparing the Under-19 team for next year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup in the West Indies. The SLC said that he would continue to play the role despite being given the new assignment.