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 PakPassion.net. "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.