As per the latest developments, the Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed the former pacer Lasith Malinga as the ‘bowling strategy coach’ for the upcoming white-ball series against Australia.
The board announced that Malinga will help the national team with the tactical insight and technical expertise. They also added that the pacer’s immense experience will help the young bowlers to enhance their game against Australia.
For those who don’t know, Australia are touring Sri Lanka for an all-format series, comprising two Tests, five ODIs, and three T20Is. Earlier the tour was in a doubt due to the ongoing political conflicts in the island nation but the Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that the series will go ahead as per the schedule. The tour will be kickstarted with the T20I series as the first T20I game will be played on the 7th of June in Colombo.
Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Lasith Malinga as the Bowling Strategy Coach
Announcing the decision of Malinga’s appointment, the SLC released a statement saying, “Sri Lanka Cricket is confident that Malinga’s vast experience and renowned death-bowling expertise, especially in the T20 format, will help the team immensely going into this all-important series.”
The former T20 skipper of Sri Lanka had already worked in a similar role earlier for Sri Lanka when the Lankan Tigers toured Australia earlier this year for a five-game T20I series. Moreover, Lasith Malinga has gained some coaching experience while working for Rajasthan Royals as the fast bowling coach in the recenty-concluded Indian Premier League 2022.
Malinga is one of the finest white-ball pacers the world cricket has ever seen. He is a bonafide T20 legend, and his numbers in the ODI cricket are also phenomenal. In 84 T20I games, Lasith Malinga scalped 107 wickets at an economy rate of 7.42. Meanwhile, in 226 ODI matches, the death specialist accounted for 338 wickets.