Former Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been appointed as the Consultant Coach for the national teams for a period of one year effective from the 1st of January 2022.
Sri Lanka Cricket issuing a statement said Jayawardena in his new role, will be in charge of overall cricketing elements of the national teams and will provide strategic support for players and management teams at the High-Performance Center.
SLC CEO Ashley de Silva 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”.
Despite his new appointment, Jayawardena will continue in his role with the Under-19 team, as they prepare for next year’s ICC under-19 World Cup to be held in West Indies.
Jayawardena said “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. 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”.
He said his main role will be supporting the team of national coaches and support staff in terms of preparation and strategic thinking during the coming year.
He was appointed to the latest role by Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket.