Colombo: Former batting legend Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the consultant of the Sri Lankan squad for the first round of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
Additionally, Jayawardene will also act as a consultant and a mentor for the U-19 side after his stint with the senior squad in the build-up to the ICC U-19 World Cup in West Indies.
His tenure with the national side will last for a period of seven days between October 16-23 while his role with the Under 19 team will be for five months.
On his appointment, a statement by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board CEO Ashley De Silva read: “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.”
“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.”
Jayawardene, in a storied career for Sri Lanka, represented his national side in 149 Tests, 448 ODIs and 55 T20Is.
He has a brief coaching career after his retirement. He joined England as batting consultant during the series against Pakistan in UAE in 2015. He stayed with the side till World T20 in India.
He is a head coach of Mumbai Indians since 2017. He was also appointed as the head coach of Southampton side for the inaugural edition of The Hundred