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Avishka Gunawardene appointed Sri Lanka Under-19 coach

Avishka Gunawardene appointed Sri Lanka Under-19 coach

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He had recently taken up the Afghanistan batting coach role but backed out following the Taliban’s takeover of the country

Former Sri Lanka batter Avishka Gunawardene has been named Sri Lanka’s Under-19 coach until the end of 2022.
Gunawardene had been approached by the Afghanistan Cricket Board for the post of batting coach, and he had in fact agreed to take up the position temporarily, for the series that was meant to be played against Pakistan, in Hambantota, this month.

However, it is understood that Gunawardene had always hoped for a long-term role within Sri Lankan cricket, rather than an overseas appointment. The uncertainty around Afghanistan’s cricket programme following the Taliban’s takeover of the country in August had also prompted Gunawardene to back out of the role, leaving him free to take up the Under-19 job in Sri Lanka.

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