SLC appoint Rumesh Ratnayake as interim coach ahead of Zimbabwe series

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Tuesday, January 4, that former Sri Lankan bowler Rumesh Ratnayake has been named temporary head coach for the national team’s forthcoming home series against Zimbabwe, filling in for Mickey Arthur, who stepped down in November 2021.

Ratnayake, a former international who played 23 Tests and 70 ODIs in a career that spanned 1982 to 1993, was working as the fast bowling coach at the National High-Performance Centre until recently, according to the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.

He has previously worked with SLC as the assistant to chief bowling coach, Chaminda Vaas, back in 2015.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of Rumesh Ratnayake as the interim coach of the National Team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka,” SLC said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Ruvin Peiris has been named the National Team’s ‘Batting Coach’ for the series against Zimbabwe. Peiris works as a ‘Batting Coach’ at the High-Performance Center. His position is likewise on a temporary basis.

On the 9th of January 2022, Mahela Jayawardena, the Consultant Coach of the ‘National Teams,’ will be missing out on his national assignments as he will depart for the West Indies to join the U19 Team, which is already in the Caribbean, for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup. During the World Cup, he will be with the U19 team.

“He will be with the U19 team during the World Cup,” SLC said in the release.

The trip to Sri Lanka by Zimbabwe goes from January 16 to January 21. The next important challenge for Sri Lanka will be a T20I trip to Australia in mid-February, followed by a two-Test visit to India. By then, the board should have appointed a permanent head coach.

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