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For the first round of the T20 World Cup, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been hired as a 'consultant' to the national squad.
After the current competition, Jayawardene, who is now the head coach of the Mumbai Indians, will join the Sri Lankan team in the United Arab Emirates.
During a seven-day period from October 16 to 23, when the squad plays Namibia, Ireland, and the Netherlands in the Qualifying stage, he will share his enormous knowledge and provide essential strategic guidance to the players and management staff.
In addition, Jayawardene has agreed to serve as a consultant and mentor for the Sri Lanka U-19 team as it prepares for the ICC U-19 World Cup in the West Indies next year. His time with the U-19 team will be on a 'honorary' basis for the next five months.
"We are very happy to welcome Mahela into his new roles, as his presence with the Sri Lanka Team and the U19 Team is going to help the players immensely,’’ said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.
"From his playing days, Mahela was respected for the vast cricketing knowledge he brought into the game, first as a player, then as a Captain, now as a Coach for different teams,’’ De Silva further added.
Jayawardene was appointed to the dual roles by Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee following recommendations made by the Technical Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket.