The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has appointed former skipper Hashan Tillakaratne as temporary batting coach for the Team for their upcoming Test-series against India, which is scheduled to start from 26 July.
The 50-year-old travelled with the team to Galle and took part in the training session on Monday (July 24). The Sri Lanka side has been without a permanent batting coach since Marvan Atapattu was taken the position of head coach of the team in 2014.
With Champaka Ramanayake’s exit, Chaminda Vaas was named as the team’s Bowling Coach by the Board last week.
According to the reports of Cricbuzz, Sri Lanka Cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said, “Hashan has been with us since the recent Test match against Zimbabwe, actually. At this stage, for all the Tests he will be the batting coach. Most probably after the Indian series, we’ll discuss with Coach Nic Pothas and see what’s happening from there. With all his experience, there is a lot the batsmen can learn from him.”
Tillakaratne played 83 Test matches for his country and captained the side in 2003-2004. He was also the first Sri Lankan to score a Test hundred in South Africa.
Since December 2016, Tillakaratne has been worked with the SL Team a coach, and previously also served as a national selector, between January 2013 and April 2015.