Mahela 'still short of experience' to coach Sri Lanka, says Sumathipala

By PTI | June 26, 2017

Thilanga Sumathipala doesn't believe Mahela Jayawardene is ready to coach Sri Lanka. © Island Cricket

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 Neth FM radio.

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

[ Also read: 'Not looking at full-time positions right now' — Mahela ]

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.

© Press Trust of India


Adisha arunoda's picture

Just fire this b****rd first to have a better SLC team. Someone who has a cricketing knowledge should deserve this chair...

AJ's picture

Very true none of the players are fit enough to tell the ministers to F**k off.

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With all the experience in the world, all this honorable man has done is loot and loot over years. I would much rather give Mahela shot than chase after international options that are not interested. At the same time, I would rather Mahela stay out of this mess for now and come when he has a reasonable chance to succeed.

Anonymous's picture

Mr.Sumathipala, what do you know about cricket, coaches and selectors. if your so good at what you do get the SLC in order or you get out of there.. Oh sorry your in there for the money. You continue to stay on.
And as for Mahela, please stay out of this mess, your better off like Haturusinghe not being involved with SLC. All the best Mahela for a successful future in coaching.

Talking about EXPERIENCE!!! What being a owner of a gambling chain qualifies you to administrate the governing body of the most loved sport in SL..??? Go fly a kite Sumathuipala.. we will do much better without you around.. If you love the sport you should be the next to resign..

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