Will Aravinda de Silva bring normalcy in Sri Lanka cricket?    AFP
Will Aravinda de Silva bring revive Sri Lanka cricket? AFP

Former Sri Lanka skipper Aravinda de Silva is likely to take up an advisory role with support staff of the senior team to report him. This step is being taken forward amidst Sri Lanka’s performances in 2017. Sri Lanka have suffered numerous losses, starting from South Africa tour, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and recent home series versus India. De Silva headed SLC’s Cricket Committee, an advisory body comprising of several former captain, but stepped down due to difference of opinion with SLC officials in the past.

A senior Sri Lanka cricket official told Cricbuzz, “With the Sri Lankan team in total disarray, we need someone with Aravinda’s vision to put things back on track. He will be given full control over matters pertaining to international cricket. He wasn’t very keen when we first approached him as he is heavily involved with his business. But we have convinced him to help us out with the Sri Lankan team in dire straits.”

De Silva’s first assignment will be to find a suitable head coach for the national team keeping World Cup 2019 in mind. The post has been vacant ever since Graham Ford resigned. De Silva has also served as chairman of selectors from 2010-11 and earned praises from then skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Trevor Bayliss.

Sri Lanka are set to tour UAE for a bilateral series with Pakistan followed by a tour of India.