Former captain and current national team’s consultant coach Mahela Jayawardene’s seafood pop-up restaurant Ministry Of Crabs has become an instant hit in Melbourne, Australia!
Mahela, who was appointed consultant coach of Sri Lanka National teams in the beginningof the year, Is in Australia with the team at official capacity.
Two days before Sri Lanka’s first Match, against Namibia on October 16 In the ongoing marquee tournament, Mahela opened a pop-up branch of his chain of restaurant at Crown.
“It (Ministry Of Crabs) Immediately attracted Sri Lankan community living in Melbourne. So much so that it was instantly booked for 100 days” a source, aware of the development, told Cricket Age.
Immediately after Ministry Of Crabs pop-up restaurant launch, Mahela, then, joined an exclusive dinner at Upali’s Restaurant in Melbourne to support ‘helping to feed 300 families of four in Sri Lanka for 2 weeks program’. It was initiated by philanthropist Kushil Gunaskera!
Mahela, who has recently been given a global responsibility at Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, was largely non existent and non available for Sri Lanka as Consultant Coach. However, after Dasun Shanka led team’s Asia Cup Triumph, he appeared to take the limelight and travelled with the squad as a paid employee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
Riding high on Asia Cup victory, Sri Lanka entered into the tournament as one of the favorites. However, even though team somehow managed to advance to super 12 after beating associate nations, their game faltered against World class teams like Australia and New Zealand. After today’s results (New Zealand beating Ireland and Australia beating Afghanistan) Sri Lanka has officially been knocked out from the tournament and will be playing it’s final match against England tomorrow before flying back to home.