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Mahela 'still short of experience' to coach SL: Sumathipala

26 June 2017 09:49 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Mahela Jayawardene is still short of experience to take over as head coach of Sri Lanka national team after the exit of Graham Ford, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala said.

"Mahela is still short of experience as a senior coach, he may be good as a T20 batting or a fielding coach," Sumathipala told the local radio station.

He said the Mumbai Indians' coach and former Sri Lankan captain has also some of his playing day contemporaries in the current national side.

Jayewardene, who retired in 2014 after a glittering international career, is regarded as one of the best cricketing brains.

His and his close mate Kumar Sangakkara's retirements at the same time hurt Sri Lanka badly. The Lankan side have lost consistently since the two seniors retired. The team has plummeted in all ICC rankings since then.

Graham Ford, who was the coach only for one year, decided to quit this week reportedly due to differences of opinion with Sumathipala's management.

Sri Lanka has had some nine interim and permanent coaches since 2011.

SLC sources said they were mulling approaching Chandika Hathurusinghe, the current Bangladeshi coach to take over. But his contract with the Bangladeshis will only end in 2019.

The former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, his team mate Scott Styris and Tom Moody, who was previously the head coach, are the names being floated around as likely successor to Ford. (island-cricket)

  Comments - 9

  • Be Fair Monday, 26 June 2017 10:15 PM

    But he is not as short as you are Mentally, Physically or intellectually.

    Justin Monday, 26 June 2017 11:23 PM

    Well said

    AM Monday, 26 June 2017 11:59 PM

    Well then how did Anil Kumble get the India's coaching job?

    ANTON Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:32 AM


    Sambo Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:41 AM

    The only way Sri Lanka cricket could come is by not allowing Sumathipala's and Dharmapala's from becoming presidents of the cricket board. They are totally responsible for the situation both men's and women's teams are in.

    ray Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:18 AM

    You are not fit to sit on that seat. Please keep you opinion to your self

    L C A Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:21 AM

    This person is not suitable even to comment on a wold famous character like Mahela J who is intelligent, professional and especially an asset for SL cricket !

    MyLankaToo Tuesday, 27 June 2017 10:16 PM

    let the sports minister to coach the teamhe knows how to jump here and there Verywell...

    Bala Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:46 AM

    May be because he was tall .

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