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Mahela continues as consultant coach of SLC

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Mahela Jayawardena
Mahela Jayawardena

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has offered a one-year extension to Mahela Jayawardena as consultant coach of Sri Lanka men’s senior team, as well as the men’s Under-19 and the Sri Lanka ‘A’ teams, starting yesterday (1). His main duty is to focus on National team ODI World Cup and next year Under 19 World Cup.

Jayawardena was roped in last year to be “in charge of the overall cricketing element of the national teams” and also provided “strategic support” for players and the management teams at SLC’s High Performance Centre. The board seems to be happy with Jayawardena’s contribution to the game, particularly at the U-19 level.

Jayawardene was part of the Sri Lanka men’s senior team as a consultant for the first round of the T20 World Cup in 2021. At the time, he also worked as a consultant and mentor for the Under-19 team, which has been preparing for the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2022. Both Sri Lanka’s players and coaching staff had been complimentary of Jayawardene’s involvement during the World Cup. Jayawardena played a significant role in hiring the current coaching staff of the national team.

However Tom Moody the former Australian cricketer and former National head coach who was appointed SLC Cricket Director from March 1st 2021, but in last September Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee mutually agreed with Tom Moody, who was functioning as the “Director of, Cricket” to terminate his contract with immediate effect, said senior official of the Sri Lanka Cricket. However Mahela Jayawardena has continued his job. Jayawardena who is also the head coach of IPL Mumbai Indians team highly appreciated by the cricket experts also doing same role at the England’ s hundred cricket tournament. Jayawardena who is also a former chairman of the National Sports Council appointed by the former Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa was resigned from the post with his committee members while he is continued as the consultant coach of SLC.

Monday, January 2, 2023 – 01:00

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