The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board announced on Monday that former captain Mahela Jayawardene will serve as a consultant coach for the national team beginning in January 2022. Jayawardene, who has been hired on a one-year contract, will be in charge of the national teams’ “total cricketing element” and will share his knowledge at the High-Performance Center.

Following consultations with the Board’s technical advisory group, the rule was made official by SLC’s executive committee.

“We are overjoyed that Mahela will be joining the National Team for a longer period of time, especially given Sri Lanka’s busy international schedule in 2022,” stated Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket. Jayawardene, who has had successful coaching spells in franchise cricket with the Mumbai Indians and the Southern Brave in the inaugural Hundred, was recently part of Sri Lanka’s coaching set-up in the first round of the T20 World Cup in 2021.

“Mahela’s contributions during the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup were critical to our team’s overall performance in the tournament,” says the captain. De Silva was also mentioned. Jayawardene will also remain with the Under-19 team as it prepares for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which will be contested in the West Indies next year.

“This is a wonderful chance for me to work with national cricketers and coaches in our various development squads, including the U19 and A-Team sides, to help us do credit to Sri Lanka’s great cricketing skill and potential,” Jayawardene said.

“During the following year, my main duty will be to support our team of national coaches and support personnel in terms of our preparation and strategic thinking,” he continued.