Hassan Tillakaratne Sri Lanka’s women’s head coach named Former Sri Lanka captain Hasan Tillakaratne has been appointed as the head coach of the country’s women’s cricket team.
He officially took up the role on 1 June and will be signed until December 2021. His first task will be to prepare the squad for the 2022 ODI World Cup and the Commonwealth Games qualifiers to be held early next year, ESPNcricinfo reported. Sri Lanka women’s team has not played any international cricket match since last year’s T20 World Cup.
“It is an honor and a privilege to work with the girls. They are very talented and skilled. I look forward to the challenge,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Tillakaratne as saying.
Tillakaratne was also in charge of the Sri Lanka Under-19 team from 2018 to 2020.
“What they want is to justify the money the ICC is pouring into women’s cricket. Everyone knows about Chamari Athapaththu, but there are other talented girls too. They just need to be handled properly,” Tillakaratne said.
“We need to analyze and identify what our strengths are. One important aspect that I see is their fitness. Right now, the girls are doing their fitness workouts on their own, and they are sending us their video clips So they are very keen and committed, that’s a plus point.”
During his career, Tillakaratne played 83 Tests, scoring 4,545 runs at an average of 42.87, while in his 200 ODIs, he scored 3789 runs at an average of 29.60.
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