Sri Lanka's Head Coach

Chris Silverwood has been Sri Lanka's head coach since April 2022 (Twitter)Chris Silverwood has been Sri Lanka's head coach since April 2022 (Twitter)

The Sri Lankan cricket team has experienced a dynamic coaching history, highlighted by a combination of distinguished international and local figures who have significantly shaped the team's strategies and international competitiveness.

From Dav Whatmore's foundational tenure in the mid-1990s, which culminated in a World Cup victory, to the recent appointment of Chris Silverwood from England, Sri Lanka's head coaches have brought diverse approaches to leadership and tactical planning.

This varied coaching roster of Sri Lanka has not only helped adapt the team to the evolving demands of international cricket but has also created the development of young talent, creating a legacy of cricketing brilliance that reflects both local insights and global best practices. Here's a list of Sri Lanka head coaches.

List of Sri Lanka’s Head Coaches

Dav Whatmore1995-96Australia
Bruce Yardley1997-98Australia
Roy Dias1998-99Sri Lanka
Dav Whatmore1999-2003Australia
John Dyson2003-05Australia
Tom Moody2005-07Australia
Trevor Bayliss2007-11Australia
Stuart Law (Interim)2011Australia
Rumesh Ratnayake (Interim)2011Sri Lanka
Geoff Marsh2011-12Australia
Graham Ford2012-13South Africa
Paul Farbrace2013-14England
Marvan Atapattu2014-15Sri Lanka
Jerome Jayaratne (Interim)2015-16Sri Lanka
Graham Ford2016-17South Africa
Nic Pothas (Interim)2017South Africa
Chandika Hathurusingha2017-19Sri Lanka
Mickey Arthur2019-21South Africa
Rumesh Ratnayake (Interim)2022Sri Lanka
Chris Silverwood2022-PresentEngland

Sri Lanka’s T20 Coach: Chris Silverwood

Chris Silverwood will aim to coach Sri Lanka to their second T20 WC title (Twitter)Chris Silverwood will aim to coach Sri Lanka to their second T20 WC title (Twitter)

Chris Silverwood, appointed as the head coach in April 2022, is the latest in a line of foreign coaches to take charge of the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Coming from England, Silverwood has brought a disciplined approach to both strategy and physical fitness. His tenure is marked by an emphasis on aggressive batting and sharp, strategic bowling, which resulted in them winning Asia Cup 2022.

As the T20 coach, he is tasked with preparing the team for upcoming challenges, including the T20 World Cup 2024, to leverage his extensive experience to bring success to the team in high-stakes environments.

Looking forward, Silverwood's leadership will be crucial in navigating the competitive landscape of international cricket, with hopes high for a resurgence in Sri Lanka's performance on the world stage. 

Sri Lanka’s Head Coach: FAQs

Q.1. Who is the current coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team?

Answer: Chris Silverwood is the current head coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He has a two-year deal with the Sri Lankan board.

Q.2. Who is the coach of Sri Lanka Cricket 2024?

Answer: Sri Lanka appointed Chris Silverwood as their head coach, and he has been joined by former Pakistan pacer, Aaqib Javed, who will assist as the pace bowling coach.

Q.3. Why was Sri Lanka banned by the ICC?

Answer: Sri Lanka were banned by ICC for breaching obligations as an ICC member. However, they were re-instated as an official member two months after the ban.

Q.4. Has Sri Lanka ever won a World Cup?

Answer: Sri Lanka has won two ICC Cricket World Cup. They first won the 50-over tournament in 1996, and were crowned as the T20 champions in 2014.