Champaka Ramanayake’s contract with the BCB set to be extended

Bipin Dani

Sri Lanka’s former fast bowler Champaka Ramanayake’s coaching contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is set to be extended, it is learnt here.

The 56-year-old former fast bowler is associated with the High Performance team and team’s recent success against Ireland’s “A” team (Bangladesh HP team won all the matches (Test, ODIs and the T-20) may have prompted the BCB officials on Tuesday to agree in principle to extend his contract, which expires in July this year.

Champaka Ramanayake is returning to Sri Lanka on Friday for about two months as his team in Bangladesh has no immediate series to play.

“It will be a good opportunity to meet my family and friends in Sri Lanka”, he said over the telephone from Dhaka on Thursday.

“(This trip) will be able to assist my two sons to fine tune their bowling skill”. His two sons have played First Class matches and U-19 World Cups.

“My eldest son Hashen has left for England to play for a club there. The middle son (Himesh) is knocking on the door of the national team. The youngest son (Sandesh, 16 years) is playing for Royal College”.

“During my vacation, I also plan to meet national hero Lasith Malinga”. Champaka Ramanayake has been Malinga’s mentor for all these years.

“Malinga had an offer for Mumbai Indians too but like last year, this year also he has declined it because of the Covid situation”.

Bangladesh tour It is not known whether Champaka Ramanayake would be involved with the Bangladesh squad during two Tests against Sri Lanka.

The BCB selectors are yet to finalise the squad but the composition of the team is unlikely to be more than 20 players.

It is also not yet known whether the team would have a doctor as it is not mandatory. However, it is certain that the spin bowling consultant Daniel Vettori is unlikely to be on this tour.

“If Vettori had to join the squad, he would need a 15-day quarantine on his return trip to his country and there are no quarantine hotels for such a long duration there”, the source added.

Former captain Khaled Mahmud Sujon will be the manager on this tour.
Sri Lanka will host the visiting team for two Tests matches in Kandy (April 20-24 and Apr.28- May 2).

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