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.