Til­lakaratne ap­pointed Sri Lanka’s bat­ting coach

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

Colombo, Sri Lanka- Hashan Til­lakaratne has joined the Sri Lanka team as tem­po­rary bat­ting coach, and will be with the side un­til at least the end of the Test se­ries against In­dia.

Sri Lanka has been with­out a per­ma­nent bat­ting coach since Mar­van Ata­p­attu was raised to the po­si­tion of head coach in 2014. "Hashan has been with us since the re­cent Test match against Zim­babwe, ac­tu­ally," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) man­ager Asanka Gu­rus­inha said.

"At this stage, for all the Tests he will be bat­ting coach. Most prob­a­bly af­ter the In­dian se­ries we'll dis­cuss with coach Nic Pothas and see what's hap­pen­ing from there. With all his ex­pe­ri­ence, there is a lot the bats­men can learn from him."

Til­lakaratne has been a coach in the SLC sys­tem since De­cem­ber last year, largely work­ing with the sides that feed into the na­tional team.

He had also pre­vi­ously served as a na­tional se­lec­tor, be­tween Jan­uary 2013 and April 2015.

A for­mer cap­tain, hav­ing led Sri Lanka in 11 Tests, Til­lakaratne had hit 11 Test cen­turies across 83 matches. His is the lat­est in a spate of re­cent ap­point­ments in the Sri Lanka set-up.

Chaminda Vaas re­placed the out­go­ing Cham­paka Ra­manayake as bowl­ing coach on Fri­day, Pothas re­placed Graham Ford in June, and Gu­rus­inha him­self was brought in as cricket man­ager ahead of the Bangladesh se­ries in March.

Hashan Til­lakaratne

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