Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stated Jayawardene’s one-year contract will start on Jan 1 and he’ll work with gamers and coaches for each the senior crew and youth groups on the nationwide excessive efficiency middle.
“We’re extraordinarily glad that Mahela is becoming a member of the nationwide crew for an prolonged position, particularly given the context that Sri Lanka has a heavy worldwide calendar through the yr 2022,” the SLC quoted its chief government, Ashley De Silva, as saying.
“Mahela’s contributions through the first spherical of the ICC T20 World Cup grew to become invaluable for the general performances of our crew within the concluded occasion,” de Silva stated.
Sri Lanka’s low rating meant the crew needed to play a qualifying spherical simply to achieve the T20 World Cup that concluded final month within the UAE, regardless of having received the event in 2014.
Sri Lanka performed towards Namibia, Eire and Netherlands in qualifying and received comfortably and Jayawardene, who labored as a advisor throughout that stage, was credited with boosting the crew’s low confidence ranges.
Sri Lanka additionally surpassed expectations in the principle event, defeating the West Indies and competing effectively with main groups like England, South Africa and eventual champions Australia.
Jayawardene performed for Sri Lanka in 652 worldwide matches throughout three codecs and scored 25,957 runs. He was reputed as a strategic captain and a thinker.
He captained Sri Lanka within the 50-over World Cup in 2007, when the crew misplaced to Australia within the closing.
He was a part of the 2011 World Cup crew which once more completed runners-up, and the crew that received the T20 World Cup in 2014.
“I’m very keen about Sri Lankan cricket and imagine that with a coordinated and targeted crew effort, taking a holistic strategy working throughout all age teams, we are able to obtain constant success sooner or later,” Jayawardene stated.