Chris Silverwood resigns as Sri Lanka’s head coach after T20 World Cup 2024 exit

The Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Thursday that former England cricketer Chris Silverwood, head coach of the national team, has tendered his resignation from the position, citing personal reasons. The former England coach’s decision came days after Sri Lanka’s disappointing exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, where they failed to reach the Super 8s.

Silverwood joined Sri Lanka in April 2022 after his stint with England came to an end following the Three Lions’ 4-0 away loss in the Ashes. Under his coaching, Sri Lanka lifted the Asia Cup in 2022, however, they endured two disappointing World Cup campaigns. 

“Being an international coach means long periods away from loved ones. After lengthy conversations with my family and with a heavy heart, I feel it is now time for me to return home and spend some quality time together,” said Silverwood.

“I would like to thank the players, coaches, backroom staff, and management of the SLC for their support during my time in Sri Lanka. Without your support, none of the success would have been possible,” he further expressed.

“It has been a real honour for me to be part of Sri Lanka Cricket and I will be taking away many fond memories,” added Silverwood.

Under his tenure, the national team won the T20 Asia Cup in 2022 and also reached the finals of the 50-over Asia Cup in 2023. Additionally, the team secured several bilateral series wins both at home and overseas. Amongst these were a home series win against Australia in the 50 over format and two away test series wins over Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes Chris Silverwood the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his valuable contributions during his tenure.

(With Inputs From Press Release)

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