By Sa’adi Thawfeeq
Sri Lanka Cricket is exploring the possibility of getting down a top bowling coach to uplift the standard bowling in the national team.
Following the success Sri Lanka had by inviting former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes for a ten-day fielding coaching stint, Sidath Wettimuny the SLC interim committee chairman said, “Once in a way we need to bring in some new blood like we brought Jonty Rhodes for fielding. We are looking at bringing a top bowling coach just for 10 days so that our coaches also broaden their knowledge.
“If we can bring someone like Dennis Lillee (the former Australian fast bowler) it would be fantastic. He could look at our new exciting fast bowling prospect (Dushmantha Chameera),” Wettimuny said.
Chameera aged 23 bowled at nearly 150kph during the second Test against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval where he made his Test debut. He rattled most of the Pakistani batsmen and sent Wahab Riaz home with a fractured left wrist with a snorting delivery that prevented the player from bowling.
Chameera took four wickets on his debut including three in the second innings and helped Sri Lanka win by seven wickets and level the three-Test series one-all with one to play.