Former international batsman Asanka Gurusinha has been appointed Sri Lanka's cricket manager, SLC has announced. Presently residing in Melbourne, Gurusinha will arrive in Sri Lanka over the next few days to begin work with the team ahead of the series against Bangladesh.

"Gurusinha, a marketer by profession, was awarded the title of Deshabandu in 1996, for his role in the World Cup victory, and has since been domiciled in Australia for the past many years," an SLC release said. "Gurusinha is a Level 3 certified cricket coach with many years of experience, and most recently served as the Consultant Regional Cricket Coach for Cricket Australia."

Though he had not held any official role with Sri Lanka cricket since moving to Australia soon after the 1996 World Cup, Gurusinha had always said he was open to the possibility. He will work alongside Ranjit Fernando, who will remain with the team performing some of the managerial roles.*

"It is indeed welcome news that Gura will be coming on board with our vision," SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said. ""We are enhancing our resource team with professionals to achieve or national objective."

*This story had originally said Gurusinha would relieve Fernando. However, Fernando will remain with the team, also in a managerial capacity.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando