Former Sri Lanka player Mahela Jayawardene is scheduled to depart for the UK on Saturday to participate in the English cricket’s inaugural edition of The Hundred, Cricket Age reliably learns. The former Sri Lanka skipper has been roped in as the head coach of the Southern Brave.
The Hundred is a pioneering 100 balls-per-side tournament, which is even shorter than a T20 match, featuring eight franchises, all fielding men’s and women’s teams. The league runs for a month and will be starting on July 21.
Jayawardene, who has long been promoted of having shrewd cricket brain, coaches in almost all the leagues worldwide (IPL, CPL, DPL). For his motherland though, instead of getting involve in the game at ground level, he turns an advisor! When not busy in his International commitments, he sits on the right side of the Country’s Sports Minister (his former batting partner Kumar Sangakkara sits on the left) once in a while, scouts potential young players for SSC for Thilina Kandamby to take poaching Ideas and occasionally gives his recommendations.
Interestingly, Sri Lanka’s national team is also in UK presently, playing shorter formats series against Eoin Morgan side. In the first T20I Yesterday, Kusal Perera’s team was comprehensively defeated by England.