Sri Lanka new coach: SLC finalise former England boss Chris Silverwood as new head coach, to begin tenure with Bangladesh series

Sri Lanka new coach: The Sri Lanka Cricket Board have zeroed down on Chris Silverwood as their new head coach. The Lankans…

Sri Lanka new coach: The Sri Lanka Cricket Board have zeroed down on Chris Silverwood as their new head coach. The Lankans were without a head coach since Mickey Arthur quit the job last year, with Rumesh Ratnayake serving as interim. Silverwood was at the helm with the England team until January, and will begin his first assignment against Bangladesh. Follow Insidesport.IN For more updates

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Former England head coach and selector Chris Silverwood will take over as Sri Lanka’s new coach from April 9, an SLC release stated. Silverwood is yet to arrive in the country but will do so soon with a series against Bangladesh being his first assignment with the Islanders. The former fast bowler is contracted for a period of two years in what is a huge period for Sri Lankan cricket, with two World Cups and the ICC Test Championship in play.

Sri Lanka new coach: SLC finalise former England boss Chris Silverwood as new head coach, to begin tenure with Bangladesh series

“We are delighted to appoint Chris as the new Head Coach of the national team. He is an extremely experienced coach and from our discussions with him in the recruitment process it is clear he has the required qualities we are looking for to take the team forward,’’ said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.

SLC finalise former England boss Chris Silverwood as new head coach
SLC finalise former England boss Chris Silverwood as new head coach

“I am very excited to be on board with Sri Lanka and I cannot wait to get over to Colombo and get started. They have a talented and passionate group of players and I am really looking forward to meeting up with the players and coaching staff very soon,” said Chris Silverwood.

Sri Lanka new coach: SLC finalise former England boss Chris Silverwood as new head coach, to begin tenure with Bangladesh series

Silverwood, was appointed as Head Coach of England’s Men’s team in October 2019, having previously been the England Men’s bowling coach working under then Head Coach Trevor Bayliss when England won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Silverwood played six Tests and seven ODIs for England and played county cricket for Yorkshire and Middlesex.

After his playing career, Chris has taken into coaching, taking over Mashonaland Eagles in Zimbabwe, winning the inaugural Logan Cup before a very successful stint as the Head Coach of Essex County Cricket.

At Essex, Chris has helped the club’s promotion in his first year in charge of the club and has led Essex to win the County Championship in 2017, after a lapse of 25 years.

Sri Lanka new coach: SLC finalise former England boss Chris Silverwood as new head coach, to begin tenure with Bangladesh series

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