Jayawardane appointed SL team consultant
Published: 10:03 PM, 24 September 2021 Updated: 10:03 PM, 24 September 2021
Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as Sri Lanka's men's team consultant for the first round of the T20 World Cup, starting on October 17. Sri Lanka are part of the first round where they are grouped with the Netherlands, Ireland and Namibia - two out of who will qualify for the Super 12s.
Jayawardene, who is already in UAE as the head coach of Mumbai Indians, will join the Sri Lankan team via a bubble-to-bubble transfer immediately after the IPL, which concludes on October 14. Sri Lanka will have his services for a seven-day period between October 16 and 23.
Jayawardene has also accepted the role of being a consultant and mentor for Sri Lanka's U-19 side in the lead-up to the next year's World Cup in West Indies. An official SLC statement said that his five-month role with the U19 side 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 added.
Jayawardene's appointment comes based on the recommendation made by SLC's Technical Advisory Committee. The former Sri Lankan captain has previously essayed the role of a batting consultant to the England men's team in 2015. He has been the head coach of Mumbai Indians since 2017, overseeing two title wins in 2019 and 2020.