Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Friday has been named as the head coach of the Bangladesh Premier League’s (BPL) franchise Khulna Titans for at least two editions of the Twenty20 league in Bangladesh.
The managing director of Khulna Titans, Kazi Inam Ahmed, who broke the news to media, further revealed experienced campaigner Jayawardene has been an inspiration for many on and off-the-field and he’s expecting a lot from him while terming he’s the man of calibre.
“We are excited to have Mahela Jayawardane join the Titans as head coach for next two editions of BPL. He has always been a great leader on the field and has won big tournaments for Sri Lanka,” Inam told media in Bangladesh.
The reports suggested that the fifth edition of BPL will kick off from November 4 which could impress the different overseas players for the deal.
“We were thrilled to see him win the IPL recently as the coach of the Mumbai Indians. I am sure all of us Titans will learn a lot from him and the tournament will be enriched by his presence” Inam added.
After announcing his retirement from international cricket in 2015, the Lankan stalwart Jayawardene was the part of the Dhaka Dynamites in 2016 edition of BPL before he was asked to sign the two-year contract.
Jayawardene was asked to fill in the role for 2017/18 season after former Australian player Stuart Law was roped in as the head coach of the West Indies team by its cricket governing body; West Indies Cricket Board.
“BPL is an exciting tournament for Bangladesh, as well the region as a whole, and I am excited to be partnering with one of the most respected and forward-thinking franchises, Khulna Titans, in the league,” Jayawardene was quoted as saying by Bdcrictime.
Recently, under the guidance of Jayawardene, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians lifted the coveted title after thrashing Rising Pune Supergiant in a thrilling final on May 21, as the latter was the head coach of Rohit Sharma-led side for the recently concluded tenth edition of IPL.
“I enjoyed playing in the BPL last year and that has given me a great insight into what will be required to be successful in the 2017 tournament,” Jayawardene maintained.
According to the league’s secretary Ismail Haider, as many as five overseas players can be inducted in the playing XI of a single team in a bid to engross the fans and viewers across the cricket globe.
“Since BPL is telecast in different parts of the world, we have to think about the spectators and they want to see a number of quality overseas players in the league,” Haider remarked.
While making their debut as a team in the overall fourth edition, under the leadership of all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, Khulna Titans qualified for the semi-finals after finishing with 14 points and second of the league table.
The Colombo-born veteran batsman Jayawardene featured in 448 ODIs, 149 Tests and 55 Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.
The right-handed batting prodigy Jayawardene smashed 12,650 runs in ODIs followed by 11,814 runs in Tests. He registered 34 hundreds in long format and 19 in the 50-over format, respectively before adding 1493 runs in T20Is.
Known for his classy batting, he has featured in different T20 leagues across the globe.