Former Sri Lanka all rounder Harsha De Silva is one of the few contenders to be the coach of the women’s team.
The post is vacated following Hemantha Devapriya, who recently resigned citing personal reasons after team’s poor performance in recent tournaments. Devapriya was on a two-year contract, having been appointed in October 2016, but his sudden resignation left the team needing a new coach just five months before the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 in the Caribbean.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board had recently advertised for the post.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from England, where Harsha De Silva has taken his Brisbane academy team, said, “I applied for this post when it was advertised and is awaiting for their decision”. Harsha has been living in Australia but is ready to relocate in Sri Lanka again, if the opportunity comes. “There are 4 private academy teams from Australia, India, USA and UK playing in a T20 and 50 over formats in the Yorkshire International Tournament ‘2018″, he added.
“It is being played here from 3rd to 19th at the Prestigious Ampleforth College in Yorkshire”, he added. Interestingly, India’s national player Ambati Rayudu is a batting mentor of Chennai Super Kings academy (junior) team. Harsha will watch India’s third ODI against England.
“Yes, we are going for the 3rd India ODI at Leeds next week”, he signed off.