Former Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Lanka de Silva has been selected as the Interim Cricket Coach of Sri Lanka Women’s team after ex-coach Harsha de Silva contract was terminated due to poor performances. The Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee held a meeting regarding the women’s team head coach on Monday.
Lanka De Silva is hired on an interim basis, therefore, he will have to prove himself to cement his role as permanent coach of Sri Lanka. Lanka de Silva has a short-lived international cricketing career playing only three tests and eleven ODI’s but has had an illustrious first-class career in Sri Lanka, Lanka de Silva is only the tenth player in Sri Lankan cricket history to pass 10,000 runs in first-class cricket.
He was aiding Harsha de Silva as the fielding coach, Harsha de Silva was appointed as the Sri Lankan women’s team head coach in August 2018 on a two-year contract. Harsha de Silva has already served Sri Lanka as head coach from 2010-2013. His contract was terminated after Sri Lanka’s unsuccessful World Cup campaign after they won only one out of 4 matches finishing 4th in a 5 team group.
Lanka de Silva has had a former experience of being a head coach with the Sri Lankan men’s team in 2015 and also was the head coach of the Sri Lankan women’s under-23 squad at the Asia Cup Tournament and the South Asian Games in Nepal.
Lanka de Silva beat former fast bowler Mahesh Weerasinghe for the role of head coach. Weerasinghe was one of the coaches rumored to be shortlisted for the job. Lanka de Silva next challenge as Sri Lankan head coach will be the 50-over World Cup which is scheduled to be held in New Zealand in 2021 if all things work out