Sri Lanka have signed a former captain and a bevvy of former players to replace Mickey Arthur, who will join English club Derbyshire next month.
Former captain and numerous former players will replace Mickey Arthur, who will join English county Derbyshire next month.
According to a report in the English-language daily The Island, which cited unidentified SLC sources, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has invited Mahela Jayawardene to coach and mentor the national cricket squad.
His efforts to boost the spirit of Sri Lankan players at the last Twenty20 World Cup proved futile, as they failed to advance from the group round.
“No one has spoken to me,” Jayawardene said, according to AFP. “You should contact SLC.”
Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, and Lasith Malinga are among the recently retired players slated to be engaged as consultant coaches for a possible two-year stint.
Local athletes working with a foreign coaching team face a language barrier, according to one of the board’s top executives.
The board of directors may not be able to select a head coach at this time, a source said.
“We want to recruit professors who are local and who can communicate well with the students,” according to the plan.
Mickey Arthur will leave the country following Sri Lanka’s two-match home Test series against the West Indies in early January.
Sri Lankan fans demanded the players’ social media accounts be deleted.
Arthur banned the players’ social media accounts in response to a boycott campaign by Sri Lankan fans following a spate of international defeats.
‘Totally pummelling’ players on social media hampered the team’s World T20 preparations, according to their coach.
Three of its four “Super-12” games were losses for Sri Lanka, which qualified for the competition.
Although he was sad to leave Sri Lanka, the team was in better shape than when he originally arrived two years ago. Arthur has previously coached for several countries, including South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan.
Following the WI test series, he tweeted, “Sad that the tour with SL has come to an end!”
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