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Jayawardene Not Ready to Coach Sri Lanka Yet: SL Cricket Boss

PTI |June 26, 2017, 2:40 PM IST
Jayawardene Not Ready to Coach Sri Lanka Yet: SL Cricket Boss

Colombo: 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 a local radio station.

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

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.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
2
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
3
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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