Minister of Sports Honorable Mahindananda Aluthgamage has approved the appointment of former Sri Lankan Test and One day player, Rumesh Ratnayake as Sri Lanka’s Head coach for the forthcoming Test, One day and T20 series against the Australians.
Ratnayake made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1982-1983 at Christchurch. He took 73 Test wickets in a career which spanned 26 Test Matches.
Rumesh Ratnayake with his whippy action, lively pace and bounce was Sri Lanka’s strike bowler during his playing days. He made his ODI debut against the Indians in Bangalore in 1982, and captured 76 ODI Wickets in his illustrious career, which ended in December 1993.
Rumesh Ratnayake was a member of the Sri Lanka Team that won its first ever Test in 1985, after the Country gained Test status in 1982. He is a recipient of two level three coaching certificates, level 3 Australia in 2009, and ACC level 3 in 2010. Rumesh is currently an Asia Cricket Council development officer, domiciled in Malaysia.