Nuwan Zoysa's one- year contract with Sri Lanka Cricket will begin from October 1 © Getty Images
Nuwan Zoysa’s one- year contract with Sri Lanka Cricket will begin from October 1 © Getty Images

Nuwan Zoysa was appointed as Sri Lanka’s bowling coach on a one year contract, the national cricket board announced on Tuesday. Nuwan has worked in India with Goa Cricket Association and with Royal College & NCC as Fast Bowling Coach before joining SLC on a 1 year contract beginning 1st of October 2015. The fast bowler, who played 30 Tests and 95 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for Sri Lanka, was the first-ever player in the history to take a hat-trick off the first three deliveries of a Test and he achieved this feat in his eighth game in the whites that was against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999. READ: Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2015: SLC appoint Jerome Jayaratne as interim coach

According to Sri Lanka Cricket, Nuwan’s contract gets into effect from October 1. The upcoming series against West Indies is Lankans’ next assignment following 1-2 defeat in the recently ended home Test series against India. West Indies leave month-end for the tour of Sri Lanka which runs from October 8 to November 14. The series will comprise two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s.

Jerome Jayaratne was recently made the interim coach of Sri Lanka ofr next month’s West Indies tour, replacing Marvan Atapattu who quit last week. Jayaratne, 49, had been the head of coaching at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but will now become the interim coach of the national team with immediate effect. READ: SLC’s Head of Coaching unit blames First-Class quality

The appointment of Jayaratne came after Atapattu quit before his contract was due to expire later this month. Atapattu, 44, was the seventh Sri Lanka head coach in the past five years. His resignation followed India‘s 2-1 win of a Test series in Colombo on Monday. India’s last series success in Sri Lanka came under Mohammad Azharuddin‘s captaincy in 1993 when they won 1-0.