Cricket-Jayawardene named consultant for Sri Lanka's T20 World Cup


FILE PHOTO: Cricket - England Nets - Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 12/10/15 - England's batting consultant Mahela Jayawardene /Action Images via Reuters / Jason O'Brien/File Photo

(Reuters) - Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed the national team's consultant for the first round of next month's Twenty20 World Cup, the country's cricket board said.

Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's second-highest scorer in test cricket after Kumar Sangakkara, will join the team in the United Arab Emirates after the Indian Premier League, where he is the head coach of Mumbai Indians.

The T20 World Cup will be played in the UAE and Oman from Oct. 17. Sri Lanka, led by Dasun Shanaka, are in Group A and begin their World Cup campaign https://www.reuters.com/article/cricket-t20worldcup-lka-squad-idUKL1N2QE02B against Namibia in Abu Dhabi. Ireland and the Netherlands are the other teams in the group.

Jayawardene, 44, will also be a consultant and mentor to Sri Lanka's Under-19 team for five months as they prepare for next year's World Cup.

"We are very happy to welcome Mahela into his new roles, as his presence with the Sri Lanka Team and the U-19 team is going to help the players immensely," said Ashley De Silva, chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka won the T20 World Cup in 2014 after beating India in the final but failed to make it beyond the group stage at the last edition in 2016.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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