Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Thursday announced the appointment of fast bowling legend Lasith Malinga as the Bowling Strategy Coach of the national men’s team for the white-ball games against Australia.
Malinga had previously served in the same capacity when Sri Lanka had toured Australia for a five-match T20I series in February this year.
“Malinga, during the tour, will support Sri Lanka’s bowlers, providing tactical insight and technical expertise to help the on-field execution of strategic plans. 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,” said the SLC in a statement.
Malinga, the former captain of Sri Lanka’s ODI and T20I teams, including in their 2014 Men’s T20 World Cup victory in Bangladesh, had worked as the bowling mentor of five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians before returning to their triumphant 2019 campaign as a player and recently served as the bowling coach for Rajasthan Royals in the side’s finish as runners-up in IPL 2022.