Chris Silverwood named Sri Lanka’s new head coach


Chris Silverwood, the previous England quick bowler, has been signed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on a two-year deal as head coach of the lads’s nationwide group. His first collection in cost would be the group’s upcoming two-Take a look at tour of Bangladesh in Might.
Silverwood was till February the top coach of the England males’s group, however parted ways with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) within the wake of the facet’s 4-0 Ashes collection defeat in Australia. His time period with England lasted a little bit over two years after he took over from Trevor Bayliss in October 2019.
Sri Lanka have been with no full-time head coach since Mickey Arthur’s departure in December after his contract had run out. Whereas he had repeatedly expressed a want to proceed, SLC have been understood to have been unresponsive. Since then, former quick bowler Rumesh Ratnayake had been in control of the lads’s group.

The appointment of Silverwood additionally comes after a number of different worldwide coaches had been approached by Sri Lanka Cricket and its technical committee, and people coaches had finally turned down these advances. Graham Ford, who had coached Sri Lanka in two separate stints over the previous decade, is known to have been amongst these approached.

“We’re delighted to nominate Chris as the brand new head coach of the nationwide group. He’s an especially skilled coach and from our discussions with him within the recruitment course of it’s clear he has the required qualities we’re in search of to take the group ahead,” mentioned Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, within the board’s assertion. De Silva didn’t specify what these qualities have been, and was not out there for remark.

Silverwood now turns into the Sri Lanka males’s group’s eighth everlasting head coach appointment within the final 10 years (Ford had two separate stints on this time), along with the interim coaches who took the function on. He inherits a facet that’s seventh on the Take a look at rankings, eighth in ODIs, and tenth in T20 internationals – Sri Lanka having to qualify for the principle draw of the T20 World Cup later this yr.

On the Take a look at entrance, Sri Lanka have residence collection towards Australia and Pakistan, and an away collection towards New Zealand late within the yr, along with the Bangladesh tour.

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