Former left-arm spinner to train junior team

Wijesuriya appointed Sri Lanka Under-19 coach

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

September 26, 2006

Text size: A | A

Roger Wijesuriya, the former Sri Lanka cricketer and national selector, has been appointed coach of Sri Lanka's Under-19 team for a three-year period commencing November 1.

Reacting to the decision, Wijesuriya, who has proved himself to be a successful coach at the school level, said: "I consider this appointment as a stepping stone towards becoming coach of the senior national team one day."

Wijesuriya has 14 years' coaching experience of schools - he has trained St Benedict's, St Peter's (twice) and Royal, and has guided teams to the school championship title on six occasions. He also coached CCC to honours in 1995-96 when they won the division I title under Jerome Jayaratne.

Wijesuriya, 46, played in four Tests and eight ODIs for his country in the 1980s as a left-arm spinner. After his retirement he served as a national selector for three years, and as member of the tournament and coaching committees of Sri Lanka Cricket. As a player, Wijesuriya was less than impressive, picking up one wicket in four Tests at 297, and needing an average of 97 overs to get a wicket. But as an U-19 player himself, Wijesuriya did better, getting 25 wickets in a series against Pakistan.

"I think it was my school experience that got me the job. I consider it a challenge," said Wijesuriya who beat former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana and former Josephian cricketer Harsha de Silva to the job.

RSS Feeds: Sa'adi Thawfeeq

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
Sa'adi ThawfeeqClose
Related Links
Country Fixtures Country Results
1st unofficial ODI: Sri Lanka A v W. Indies A at Dambulla
Nov 1, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 00:30 EDT | 23:30 CDT | 21:30 PDT)
1st ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack
Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 local | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EST | 02:00 CST | 01:00 PDT)
2nd unofficial ODI: Sri Lanka A v W. Indies A at Kurunegala
Nov 3, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
3rd unofficial ODI: Sri Lanka A v W. Indies A at Colombo (SSC)
Nov 5, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
2nd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad
Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 local | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EST | 02:00 CST | 00:00 PST)
Complete fixtures » | Download Fixtures »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days