Cricket federation unveils Sri Lankan coach today

Sri Lanka World Cup winner Asanka Gurusinha will be unveiled as the new head coach of the Nigerian national team in Abuja on Tuesday (today), The Newsmen reports.

President, Nigeria Cricket Federation, Prof Yahaya Ukwenya, said the 54-year-old had undergone the mandatory COVID-19 protocols ahead of his unveiling.

Gurusinha, who was part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning team in 1996, arrived in Nigeria on November 29 to begin his new role as coach of the Yellow Greens.

“He (Gurusinha) had a COVID-19 test before coming to Nigeria and he had another test here on arrival. He will be unveiled on Tuesday (today) and there will be a live streaming of the event,” Ukwenya said.

Gurusinha, who had an 11-year international career, playing 41 Tests and 147 One Day International for Sri Lanka, aside from being the head coach of the national team, will also act as a coach trainer and mentor to the country’s rapidly growing number of coaches.

Gurusinha, one of the main pillars of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning Batting line up, is a Level 3 cricket coach, and was previously the Consultant Regional Cricket Coach for Cricket Australia. In 2017, he was appointed as the manager of Sri Lanka’s national team, but after consecutive defeats to India in all formats, Gurusinha, resigned from his post.

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