Mumbai—Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has hired the services of former England player Simon Willis as the High Performance consultant, according to Thilanga Sumathipala.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Colombo, he says, “Willis is a new member coming in board for the development of the game in Sri Lanka”.
The 43-year-old Willis has not played international cricket for England and his experience is restricted to have played only 16 First Class and 14 List A matches in seven years (mostly for Kent) but is considered to be rich in coaching experience.
The Greenwich (London)-born Willis is holding ECB’s Level 4 coaching degree.
“His appointment has nothing to do with Sri Lanka’s recent poor performance in the first Test against England on Saturday”, the SLC official says.
Angelo Mathews-led Sri Lankan team lost to England by an innings inside three days on Saturday.
“Willis appeared before Jayantha Dharmadasa, who has been looking after the international affairs of the board for an interview about a month ago and is expected to reach here within few days”, another SLC official said.
When approached in London, Willis refused to divulge more details.
His appointment, however, will certainly please the national coach Graham Ford as both have worked together at Kent County Cricket Club in England together.
Interestingly, Simon Willis set-up and launched the inaugural Kent Cricket Academy in 2003. He moved into the role of High Performance Director at Kent.
Simon Willis was recommended to take up this job by former Sri Lanka coach, Paul Farbace. Both have worked together at Kent.
Willis will leave Kent and HE will be a full-time consultant with SLC.