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Rumesh Ratnayake has been appointed the Head of Fast Bowling for Sri Lanka Cricket.

Issuing a statement, SLC said Rumesh Ratnayake will head the National Fast Bowling programme, spearheading its talent identification, skills development and training processes in cohesion with the National High Performance plan.

Ratnayake is known for his 9 wicket haul against India in 1985/86 which resulted in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test series victory against India – a series in which Ratnayake’s match bag was 20 wickets.

Ratnayake whose career was cut short by injury has an innings best bowling figure of 6/66.

Ratnayake’s appointment does not have any immediate impact on Chaminda Vaas, who is the fast-bowling coach presently working with the national team.

SLC cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha did state, however, that the fast-bowling coach embedded with the Sri Lanka side may change from tour to tour.

Ratnayake’s most recent high-profile coaching position with Sri Lanka was during the 2015 World Cup, where he worked as a supplementary fast-bowling coach with the national team, also alongside Vaas.

He had also been interim head coach during Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka in 2011.

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