“We asked Mahela whether he could come along and help us and he generously accepted the request. He has got enough experience both playing T20 cricket and coaching in T20 cricket. You cannot ask anyone better than him. Down the line we will be using some of the other ex-players as well,” Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha told Cricbuzz.
“Today Mahela was talking to the boys about how they should go about playing T20 cricket. Not much technical part of it, but just giving them some confidence and speaking on how they should go about playing the first six overs and stuff like that,” Gurusinha explained.
Sri Lanka’s selectors had made some big calls finalizing the 15-member squad for the tournament and one of those was axing the popular Niroshan Dickwella, who had emerged as the team’s wicketkeeper across all formats of the game last year.
“The good thing for Sri Lankan cricket is that players who are putting pressure on both the batters and bowlers. That will bring the best out of lot of players. We wanted to create that competitive environment. Sad to see Dicka going out, but he is very much in our plans. He is a young chap and it was a tough call but with Kusal Janith Perera coming in and according to coach’s strategy we had to balance the side,” Gurusinha noted.