Tillakaratne named SL women’s head coach

2021-06-02 at 16:53

Former Sri Lanka captain and batter Hashan Tillakaratne has been appointed the new head coach of the Sri Lanka women’s team.

Sri Lanka Cricket announced that Tillakaratne has been contracted up to December 31, 2021.

According to reports Tillakaratne will likely be in the position for a further two to three years.

His first task will be preparing the team for the 2022 ODI World Cup and Commonwealth Games qualifiers scheduled for early next year.

SLC also confirmed that it is looking at arranging “one or two” tours in the next few months.

The Sri Lanka women’s team hasn’t played any international cricket since the T20 World Cup last March, owing to the pandemic.

Tillakaratne, a World Cup winner who was also in charge of the Sri Lanka Under-19 side from 2018 to 2020, is the most high-profile appointment for the post of women’s head coach.

The move, he believes, is a sign that SLC is seriously looking at popularising the women’s game in the country.

During his playing career, Tillakaratne in 83 Tests racked up 4,545 runs at an average of 42.87, while his 200 ODIs brought him 3,789 runs at 29.60.

Having made his debut in 1986, he retired from international cricket in 2004 and all forms of cricket in 2006, before turning his eye towards coaching.