London ATP/02. June 2017: Sri Lanka Cricket CEO (HON) Thilanga Sumithipala announceds on the eve of Sri Lankas opening match in Champions Trophy against South Africa at KIA Oval in London. Speaking from outside his hotel in London he said: "Our think-tank at Maitland Place has identified a shortcoming in accumulating runs between the 20 – 23 overs in 50 over cricket. To help our players overcome this hurdle at tomorrows match against the Proteas, we have hired Australian cricketing great Michael Bevan" Sumithapala said.
When asked about the timing and the duration of Michael Bevan stint with Sri Lanka, Mr Sumithpala said Mr Bevan would be with team for entire opening match against South Africa, before flying back to Australia. "Our goal is to let Michael give our players insights in how to run singles between overs 20 – 23 in a 50 over match. In addition Michael will also work with our U19 squad and A-team training in Sri Lanka, over Facetime". And conduct coaching session with SLC school coaches.
If time permits after the match and training session, its believed that Mr Sumithipala plans to arrange a feciliation dinner for Mr Bevan at the popular fast food resturant "Nandos" in London.
Mr Sumitipala explained that he already has ordered 5 combo chicken meals online, in order to avoid standing in line at Nandos, so they will be able to finish their meal before Mr Beaven flies back to Sydney the same night.
Several reporters questioned the effect Michael Bevan can have on the Lankan outfit within 24 hours, and why the current coaching setup in England could not handle this area. Mr Sumitihapala explained that Sri Lankan team is a team in transition and expained the SLC goal was to have the equal number of coaches as players in the sqaud.
"We have had great success with short term coaches in the past, Allan Donald, Jonthy Roades and Wasim Akram has all been engaged on short term hires previously. But these coaches has been with the team for 1-2 months. Why not try a 24 hour coaching session." Sumithpala asked retorically from the reporters.
Michael Bevan played 232 ODI matches for Australia, and was a part of the 1999 and 2003 teams that won the World Cup. He was known as a "finisher" for Australia, particularly in ODIs, often leading the team to victory in the company of tail-enders.He holds the world record One Day International batting average for retired players of 53.58.
Sri Lanka Captain, Angelo Mathews was not available for comments. But Mr Sumithpala said he had a message from the team: "We believe this the right move for our team, and everything Thilanga Sir does is a-okay with us". Sources within the team however revealed that this message was fabricated from SLC, and it not anything near what the team said.
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