Mahela Jayawardene’s tenure in Sri Lanka will last for seven days, from October 16 to 23.© TBEN
Sri Lankan great thresher Mahela Jayawardene has been recruited as the country’s national team consultant for the first round of the upcoming T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The decision for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was made with in mind Jayawardene’s enormous record with the Mumbai Indians and his ready-made contributions after moving to the Indian Premier League with most of the top international stars on the same tracks in the United Arab Emirates where the T20 World Cup will be played. . In addition, Jayawardene will also act as a consultant and mentor for the U-19 team following his stint with the senior team in preparation for the ICC U-19 World Cup in the West Indies.
His tenure with the national team will last for seven days between Oct. 16 and 23, while his role with the Under-19 team will last five months, the ICC said on Friday.
He will join the national team after the conclusion of the IPL, where he currently serves as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians.
Upon her appointment, a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket Board CEO Ashley De Silva said: “We are very happy to welcome Mahela to her new roles as her presence with the Sri Lanka squad and the U19 squad will help the players immensely. “
“From his playing days, Mahela was respected for the vast knowledge of cricket he brought to the game, first as a player, then as a captain, now as a coach for different teams.”
During an illustrious career for Sri Lanka, Jayawardene represented his national team in 149 tests, 448 ODI and 55 T20I.
He finished Sri Lanka’s second top scorer in the cricket test with 11,814 runs, 34 centuries and 50 half centuries. Compatriot Kumar Sangakkara’s 12,400 tally remains the country’s best in the traditional format.
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