'Happy To Do It': Sanath Jayasuriya To Replace Chris Silverwood As Head Coach Of Sri Lankan Cricket Team

(MENAFN- AsiaNet News) Former Sri Lankan cricket captain and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya announced on Monday that he will step in as the new head coach, following Chris Silverwood's resignation following Sri Lanka's premature exit from the T20 World Cup.

Jayasuriya, aged 55, confirmed that Sri Lanka Cricket has approached him to lead the national team for the upcoming white-ball series against India later this month and Sri Lanka's tour of England in August.

“I have been asked to take over coaching and I am happy to do it,” Jayasuriya told AFP.

Sanath Jayasuriya, a former Test and ODI captain and national selector, will assume coaching duties after the conclusion of the ongoing T20 Lanka Premier League on July 21.

Jayasuriya, who represented Sri Lanka in 586 matches across formats, scoring 42 centuries and claiming 440 wickets, played his last international game in 2011.

Former England coach Chris Silverwood, 49, resigned citing personal reasons, as confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket, which acknowledged his significant contributions during his tenure.

During Silverwood's tenure starting from April 2022, Sri Lanka clinched the T20 Asia Cup and advanced to the final of the 50-over Asia Cup in 2023. However, their campaigns in the T20 World Cup 2022 and the previous year's 50-over World Cup ended prematurely.

Former skipper Mahela Jayawardena also stepped down as a consultant coach last month.


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