Mahela Jayawardene is likely to come to the rescue for the U19 Sri Lankan cricket team. With the U19 WC on the cards next year, in Windies, Mahela can prove to be a great asset for the Youth side. Let’s see if he can change the fortunes or not.
Former Sri Lankan captain has shown interest in joining the side as the consultant. Leading the Mumbai Indians Side in the IPL and having won a couple of seasons, he will definitely try to change and enhance the future of Cricket in Sri Lanka. He is likely to take over the services of Consulting the side from October 2021. However, a senior member of the selection committee said they are not aware of anything regarding this.
“We (SLC) are not aware of such a move. The move would have been made by the Technical Committee (headed by Aravinda de Silva),” a senior SLC ex-co official told Sri Lankan website themorning.lk. However, believing the speculations let’s hope that Mahela will lead the Youth side to their maiden WC title.
Can Mahela Jayawardene guide Sri lanka to their maiden U19 WC Title?
With the ICC U19 World Cup all set to take place in the West Indies next year in 2022, Mahela’s appointment will be a big thing in Sri Lankan cricket. This time it will be the 14th edition of the limited-overs tournament which will be held for the first time in the Caribbean Islands with Bangladesh entering the competition as the defending champions after defeating India in the previous U19 WC final.
A total of 16 teams will take part in the upcoming tournament with 11 teams already qualified for the event after finishing in the top-11 in the previous edition. West Indies, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe have already qualified for the tournament. Other teams will be qualified via regional qualification.
Now let’s see if Mahela can add some magic to the current string of the U19 side of SLC. Having said that he has experience of leading a side like Mumbai Indians as the consultant & already having 3 Ipl trophies already in the Indian Premier League, he will have immense pressure and responsibility for delivering for the Sri Lankan side as fans would have higher expectations from him.
So it’s high time when Sri Lanka cricket looks deep into the future of U19 and focus on hiring Mahela as the consultant. SLC should take an example of India’s U19 performance in recent years and we as fans might hope that Mahela could take a leaf out of Rahul Dravid‘s coaching to India’s U19.
Sri Lanka Cricket On the verge of extinction
Sri Lanka cricketers were seen roaming in the England marketplace, suspected of the bio-bubble breach. Sri Lanka was whitewashed in the recently conducted t20 series. In a possible cause of a bio-bubble breach. vice-captain Kusal Mendia and wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella were seen loitering around in an England marketplace. While Mendis registered scores of 9, 39, and 6 in the T20Is in Cardiff and Southampton, Dickwella managed 3 and 11 runs in the two matches he featured.
So far, it has been learnt that Sri Lanka players were allowed to go out in Cardiff but in Durham, the city was out of bounds because of the high number of Covid-19. The confirmed players will be isolated for 2 weeks and will be fined by the UK government.