Chris Silverwood has got a new beginning to his coaching career. After being axed as the head coach of England, he has now been appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He will take over the duties from Rumesh Ratnayake who is the interim head coach at the present moment.
“We are delighted to appoint Chris as the new Head Coach of the national team. He is an extremely experienced coach and from our discussions with him in the recruitment process it is clear he has the required qualities we are looking for to take the team forward,” said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Silverwood was one of the scapegoats for England’s recent humiliation
His coaching tenure will of two years till 2023 and the details of his remuneration are not being disclosed yet. Silverwood was one of the scapegoats for England’s humiliating Ashes loss to Australia this year. The tour was marred with the wrong selection of playing X1. While Joe Root lent support to Silverwood publicly, it was not enough from saving him from the axe of ECB.
Sri Lanka has not enjoyed good rankings over the years. They are currently at 8th, 10th, and 7th in ODIs, T20s, and Tests respectively. Silverwood is Sri Lanka’s 8th coach in the last ten years. SLC had earlier approached many international coaches, including Graham Ford, who had served two stints with the Sri Lankan team but it is understood that the former coach turned down the offer.