Hashan Tillakaratne Names as Head Coach Of The Women’s Bangladesh Cricket Team

head coach of the women's Bangladesh cricket team
Hashan Tillakaratne

Former Sri Lankan cricketer and former Sri Lanka Test captain Hashan Tillakaratne has been named as the head coach of the women’s Bangladesh cricket team for the next two years.

Head Coach Of The Women’s Bangladesh Cricket Team

Nadel Chowdhury, BCB women’s cricket chairman, confirmed the development and a sports website adds that they finalized the deal during the just recently concluded Asia Cup, played in Bangladesh recently.

“We have appointed him (Tillakaratne) for next two years as the head coach of our women’s team and we are expecting him to arrive in November to take up the responsibility,” said Nadel.

Hashan started playing cricket at Isipathana College, Colombo & D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo. As a schoolboy in 1986, he was selected to play against England B at Galle, scoring a century to save the match.

He made his ODI debut in November 1986 at Sharjah against India during the 1986–87 Champions Trophy. He subsequently made his test debut in the Sri Lankan cricket team as a wicketkeeper-batsman in December 1989 against Australia and scored a duck on his test debut.

“We were looking for a coach for our women’s team for a long time but due to different reasons failed to do so but now we are happy to appoint a coach of his stature for our women’s team,” he said.

“He’s got huge experience not only as a player but as a coach as well and we feel he is the right person to guide our women’s team,” he added.

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He was appointed as a temporary batting coach of Sri Lankan cricket team in 2017. He became the coach of the Sri Lanka national under-19 cricket team in 2018 and up until 2020 on a two-year agreement with the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup being his last assignment as U19 coach.

He also served as the batting coach of the Sri Lanka Emerging Team for a brief stint. He was appointed as the coach of the Kandy Tuskers franchise for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League in 2020.

In June 2021, he was appointed as the head coach of the Sri Lanka women’s national cricket team on a six-month contract up until December 2021. In 2021, he was also appointed as a part of the coach restructuring program at the High-Performance Centre.