Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene is set to leave as head coach of Southern Brave in the Hundred tournament. Under Jayawardene’s coaching, the franchise lifted a title in the inaugural edition of the tournament. However, the franchise ended up in the seventh position, winning a mere three games in eight games in 2022.
Jayawardene has not officially left the team, but he has spoken with the management about it, as per an ESPNcricinfo report. The reason for this is the increased responsibilities after his promotion with the Mumbai Indians and Southern Brave is in the hunt for a new replacement.
Mahela Jayawardene has been the head coach of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL since 2017 and has managed to increase their titles from two to five. His successful stints as head coach have earned him a promotion to a global role, with the MI ownership expanding outside IPL. The Mumbai Indians are owners of MI Emirates in the ILT20 League and MI Cape Town in the SA20.
“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed as Head Coach of MI” – Mark Boucher
Mahela Jayawardene is now the global head of performance for all franchises associated with the Mumbai Indians. The former batter will look after the coaching and scouting of all three teams. Following his promotion, Jayawardene stepped down as Mumbai India’s head coach, and Mark Boucher will be replacing him for the upcoming edition in 2023.
“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed as Head Coach of MI. Their history and achievements as a franchise clearly put them up there as one of the most successful sporting franchises in all of world sport. I look forward to the challenge and respect the need for results. It’s a strong unit with great leadership and players. I look forward to adding value to this dynamic unit,” told Boucher after taking up the head coach role.