Sri Lankan batting legend Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the advisor to the country’s national team for the first round of the T20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The decision of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was taken keeping in mind Jayawardene’s immense achievement with the Mumbai Indians and his ready-made inputs after the Indian Premier League with the best international stars on the same UAE tracks where the T20 World Cup will be played.
In addition, Jayawardene will serve as the U-19 team’s advisor and mentor after working with the senior team on the creation of the ICC U-19 World Cup in the West Indies.
His tenure with the national team will last seven days from October 16-23 and his role with the under-19 team will be five months, the ICC said on Friday.
He will join the national team after the completion of the IPL, where he is currently the head coach of the Mumbai Indians.
During his appointment, Sri Lanka Cricket Board CEO Ashley de Silva said, “We are delighted to welcome Mahela in his new responsibilities as his presence with the Sri Lankan team and the U19 team will be of great help to his players. . ”
“From his playing days, Magellan was revered for the vast cricketing knowledge he brought into the game, first as a player, then as a captain, and now as a coach for different teams.”
During his illustrious career for Sri Lanka, Jayawardene represented his national team in 149 Tests, 448 ODIs and 55 T20s.
He finished Sri Lanka’s second highest score in Test cricket with 11814 runs, 34 centuries, and 50 half-centuries.
Comrade Kumar Sangakkara’s 12400 number is the best in the country in traditional form.