Mahela Jayawardena appointed Consultant for Sri Lanka National and U19 teams
Sri Lanka Cricket announced the appointment of former Sri Lanka cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena as a Consultant to the Sri Lanka National team during the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Jayawardena, who is currently the Head Coach of the Mumbai Indians, will join the Sri Lankan team in UAE immediately after the completion of the ongoing Indian Premier League.
He is tasked with sharing his invaluable experience with the players and managing the team from 16- 23 October when the team will play Namibia, Ireland and the Netherlands as they seek to qualify for the Group Stages.
Jayawardena has also accepted an invitation to be a Consultant and Mentor for the Sri Lankab Under 19 team as it prepares for next year’s ICC Under 19 World Cup in the West Indies.
His 5-month role with the U19 Team will be performed in an ‘Honorary’ capacity.
‘’We are very happy to welcome Mahela into his new roles, as his presence with the Sri Lanka Team and the U19 Team is going to help the players immensely,’’ said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.
‘’From his playing days, Mahela was respected for the vast cricketing knowledge he brought into the game, first as a player, then as a Captain, now as a Coach for different teams,’’ De Silva further added.
Jayawardena was appointed to the dual roles by Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee following recommendations made by the Technical Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket.