Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 July 7, 2012

Waqar, Moody appointed coaches in SLPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis has been confirmed as the coach for the Ruhuna franchise for the inaugural season of Sri Lanka Premier League, according to the organisers Somerset Entertainment Ventures Ltd. Other notable appointments include former Sri Lanka captain Duleep Mendis and Australians Tom Moody and Trevor Bayliss.

"Waqar [Younis] is one of six appointments that have been finalised regarding the coaching positions, with only Kandurata province yet to finalise who their coach will be," Sandeep Bhammer, chief executive of Somerset Entertainment Ventures Ltd, told "We have a couple of local appointments, with Duleep Mendis coaching Basnahira and Naveed Nawaz will be head coach for Uva.

"In addition, and to add to the international flavour of the tournament, Australian's Shane Duff will be the head coach for Nagenahira, Tom Moody will coach Utuhura and Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as head coach for Wayamba."

The squads for the seven franchises were announced on July 6. A total of 56 overseas players and 107 local players are part of the squads, giving each franchise a preliminary list of 24 players. The tournament is scheduled to start on August 10.

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  • Samapth on July 9, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Duleep Mendis as a coach....what a joke....I can be a manager of a team...nota coach...So what about our own Roy Dias,Chandika Haturusighe,Rumesh Rathnayake,Aravinda De Silva,Marven Atapattu,Champaka Ramanayake & Rumesh kaluwitharana.....They should have been choosen as the coaches....

  • Kashif on July 8, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Waqar is Coach of Ruhuna, Afridi is key Player of Ruhuna and both have differences. I expect this team will be a blessing for both to come close to each other again. I wish so! I hate such tensions!

  • chamitha on July 8, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    If Wayamba won the tournament, they have to play CLt20 without their head coach.

  • Amjad on July 8, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Way u goo Ruhuna !!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    wow love to see SLPL.......:)))))))

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    I would love to see Waqar being the bowling coach of SL national team, with all due respect to Champaka Ramanayaka i feel we need some changes now.

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