Weerasinghe likely to be interim coach for Sri Lanka women’s team
Former Sri Lanka cricketer Mahesh Weerasinghe, who has played five first-class matches is likely to be an interim coach for the Sri Lanka women’s team.
According to the sources in Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), the 49-year-old former fast bowler and wicket-keeper, who also captained Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, may be offered this post for six months and till the new coach is appointed.
Current coach Harsha de Silva’s contract is not being extended. Unlike the senior men’s team, the women’s players who are offered six-month contracts are yet to begin outdoor training.
Under de Silva, Sri Lanka women’s team had not a great T20 World Cup this year as they won only 1 match among 4 matches and stood just above Bangladesh in five-team group.
Harsha de Silva was appointed the coach of women’s team in August, 2018 on a two-year contract. He started his tenure in women’s team in August 15, 2018. De Silva succeeded Hemantha Devapriya, who resigned in June 2018, five months before the end of his contract, citing personal reasons.
De Silva had earlier led the girls to one of their most successful World Cup campaigns, in 2013, when they beat fancied opponents like hosts India, England, and South Africa, in what was the high point of his three-year tenure from 2010-2013.