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Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday appointed former opener Sanath Jayasuriya as full-time cricket consultant for one year to ensure all-round development of the sport in the country. The appointment of Jayasuriya follows the reconstitution of the national selection panel on Wednesday under new chief selector and former opener Upul Tharanga. “In this role, Jayasuriya will be responsible for ensuring that SLC’s national programs achieve an optimal level of professionalism and that all players and coaching staff are monitored to deliver excellence,” SLC said in a media release.
“Accordingly, he will oversee the training and coaching requirements of all teams in line with the High Performance Centre.
“He will also establish national specialist skills programs with key staff aligned to lead roles in each skills discipline, among several other duties,” the release added.
Jayasuriya will assume duties in his new role immediately and will operate from the High-Performance Center at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sri Lanka are trying to turn around their cricketing fortunes after a lackluster effort in the last ODI World Cup, where they finished ninth in the 10-team table with just two wins from nine matches.
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