SLC Appoints De Silva as the new interim coach of the women’s team

Lanka de Silva

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Saturday appointed the former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper De Silva as the new interim coach of the women’s team.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan women’s team was then under the guidance of the former coach Harsha De Silva. In his tenure, the side failed to win crucial matches, especially in the ICC tournaments.

De Silva has represented Sri Lanka in three Tests and 11 ODIs and he will remain the coach until the end of 2020. This will also give ample time to the Board in order to find the new coach for the women’s team.

“Lanka de Silva is also free to apply for the role,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

De Silva has enough experience of coaching as he has also served as the head coach of the men’s team in 2015 as wells as the Under 19 team.

According to media reports, SLC didn’t extend the term of former coach Harsha De Silva after his failure at the position. 

The country’s women’s team had lost each of its 19 matches in 2019. They managed to win only one against Bangladesh out of the four matches during this year’s Women’s T20 World Cup.

Sri Lanka Cricket board is struggling at the moment as they were given a chance to host the 2021 World Cup qualifiers in July but it was postponed by a year due to COVID-19. As per the latest reports, Sri Lanka Cricket doesn’t have official broadcaster at the moment and they are also struggling financially to give salary to their cricketers.