Malinga returns to Sri Lanka in coaching capacity

Malinga returns to Sri Lanka in coaching capacity

Lasith Malinga, the former Sri Lanka captain and legendary pacer, has been appointed the side’s Bowling Strategy Coach for the white-ball leg of their home series against Australia next week.

Malinga’s remit is to provide “tactical insight and technical expertise to help the on-field execution of strategic plans.”

It’s a role Malinga has occupied previously when Sri Lanka visited Australia in February for a T20I series. Sri Lanka suffered a 4-1 loss in that five-match series, although their bowlers impressed, with the Australian batters restricted to a high total of 164/6 across the five matches.

“Sri Lanka Cricket is confident that Malinga’s vast experience and renowned death-bowling expertise, especially in the T20 format, will help the team immensely going into this all-important series,” the SLC statement said.

Sri Lanka on Thursday named an 18-member squad for the upcoming T20Is, which included maiden call-ups for the young pair of Nuwanidu Fernando, the top-order batter, and Matheesha Pathirana, the right-arm pacer.

The three-match series is set to begin on 7 June in Colombo.  (ICC Cricket)

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