Sri Lanka Cricket received a major shock ahead of the start of the World Cup’s crucial Super 12s stage. Sri Lanka cricket team’s consultant Mahela Jayawardene has decided to leave the squad before the beginning of the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Mahela Jayawardene was appointed as the National team’s coach just a few days before the start of the marquee event. Under his guidance, the Sri Lanka team has successfully qualified for the Super 12s stage after clinching the first two clashes in the Round 1 fixtures. The role Jayawardene played during the first Qualifier stage was applauded by the skipper and the support group.
Talking to the media from the UAE, the legendary cricketer revealed that continuous spells of bio-bubbles and quarantines have taken a toll on him & thus he wants to get back home soon.
“It’s tough. I just counted that I have been 135 days in quarantine and bubbles since June and I am in (the) last legs. But I totally understand and I told them I will be with the group with the technology that we have. I hope that anyone can understand that being a father that I haven’t seen my daughter for that many days. I definitely need to get back home,” Jayawardene stated.
Mahela Jayawardene was also the Head Coach of the Southern Braves team that won the Hundred tournament. He moved to the UAE after the tournament and coached Mumbai Indians during the second leg of the IPL 2021.
“We will change the template & the way we want to play in Sharjah”, says Jayawardene
Sri Lanka will face the Netherlands in the final match of the Round 1 stage at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 22. Although Sri Lanka has qualified for the Super 12s stage, Jayawardene feels that it would be a good opportunity to set up a template for playing in the Super 12 stage.
We’ll change the template and the way we want to play in Sharjah. In the Super 12 group, we have three games in Sharjah, one in Dubai, and one in Abu Dhabi so our template and strategy will change according to the surface and how we want to go about.”
He further said that he will put up a structure in place for Sri Lanka based on the observation of matches being played in Sharjah during the IPL 2021 stage
“Before I leave, I’ll put all structures in place and give them a better idea because I was involved in a few games in Sharjah two weeks back in the IPL and we saw how in the playoffs the surfaces were playing.”
Sri Lanka will lock horns with the Netherlands in the final match of the Round 1 fixture while Ireland and Namibia will come into a face-off in another match today. The winning team will qualify along with Sri Lanka from Group A for the Super 12 stage.