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Naveed Nawaz appoint Sri Lanka assistant coach; Vaas to be pace-bowling coach

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Colombo, April 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Sunday appointed Naveed Nawaz, a former Sri Lanka Test and ODI player, as the assistant coach of the national team for a two-year term, effective from April 1, 2022.

Nawaz, before taking over the new role, was functioning as the head coach of the Bangladesh under-19 team, where he led the team to an ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup win in 2020.

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The 48-year-old Nawaz, a left-hand batter who played one Test and three ODIs for Sri Lanka but was a prolific run-getter in first-class cricket, will oversee the national team’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh, which will also be the first such assignment of the newly-appointed head coach of the national team Chris Silverwood.

Silverwood stepped down as England chief coach following the Ashes debacle earlier this year.

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SLC also said that Chaminda Vaas, Piyal Wijetunge, Manoj Abeywickrama and Mahinda Halangoda had been appointed to work with the national team during the Bangladesh tour.

Sri Lanka will play a two-match Test series during the tour of Bangladesh, under the ICC World Test Championship.

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While, Vaas will be the fast-bowling coach, Wijetunge and Abeywickrama have been appointed as spin bowling and fielding coaches. Halangoda will be the team manager for the tour.

–IANS

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