Hashan Tillakaratne appointed SL's temporary batting coach
Former Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillakaratne has been appointed as the temporary batting coach of the team ahead of the India series. The 50-year old will be the first batting coach of the team, since Marvan Atapattu in 2014. After working as a national selector from January 2013 to April 2015, Tillakaratne has been a coach in the SLC system since December 2016.
Indian cricket team will tour Sri Lanka from 21st July to 6th September and will play three tests, five ODIs and one T20 match .
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has appointed Chaminda Vaas as the new bowling coach for the team ahead of the series against India. He replaces Champaka Ramanayake, who resigned citing personal reasons. Vaas has been working with Sri Lanka's feeder squads to the national team since 2016 and will be guiding SL's pace attack for the India's tour of Sri Lanka.
Considered as one of Sri Lanka's most successful fast bowlers, Vaas has 355 wickets from 111 tests and 400 ODI wickets from 322 matches. He also holds the record for best ODI bowling figures taking eight wickets from eight overs.
Rangana Herath has been appointed as the captain of SL team for the first test at Galle in absence of Dinesh Chandimal, who has been admitted to hospital due to illness. Reports suggest that Chandimal might also miss the second test at Colombo after his blood test results suggested that he is down with pneumonia. The first test will start from 26 July.
After a poor Champions Trophy and below-par performance against Zimbabwe, SL's interim coach Nic Pothas said that the team is in rebuilding stage and improvements will be seen shortly. He also said, "India are the number one ranked team in the world and when you play the number one ranked team, we know, as a team, what we have to do."