Sri Lanka cricket appoint Thilan Samaraweera as batting coach Featured

Monday, 06 November 2017 00:00 Written by  Published in Sports
Sri Lanka cricket appoint Thilan Samaraweera as batting coach reuters

The solid former middle order batsman migrated to Australia after retiring in 2013 and has had several coaching experience with the most notable one being the time he spent with Bangladesh as their batting coach has appointed as the batting coach of Team Sri Lanka till the 2019 ODI World Cup..

Sri Lanka cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala confirmed his appointment on Saturday, November 4. Samaraweera will be joining the national team on their tour of India, which will also be his first assignment

As per a report published in ESPNcricinfo, the decision will be made official on Monday, November 6. Samaraweera arrives in Sri Lanka on the same day from Melbourne, where he lives currently. The team will depart for India the next day to play three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.

Sri Lanka are going through a rough patch as far as their cricket is concerned. They are currently placed at 6th in Tests and 8th in ODIs and T20Is. They beat Pakistan recently 2-0 in Tests but lost ODI and T20I series 5-0 and 3-0 respectively, which has dented momentum.

Samaraweera's arrival to Sri Lanka dressing room should benefit the team. He has played in 81 Tests, amassing 5,462 runs at an average of 48.76. In 53 ODIs, the right-handed batsman scored 862 runs. Samaraweera was a part of the Sri Lankan team which was targetted in terrorists in Lahore in 2009. Samaraweera was even hit by a bullet around his knee area. He retired from all forms of the game in 2013.

He will replace Hashan Tillakaratne, who was the interim batting coach for Sri Lanka. Tillakaratne will now go back as the batting coach of Sri Lanka's development squads. Sri Lanka failed to win a single match when India visited their shores earlier this year for 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

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