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Nelson Mendis - head coach of Nalanda

The Past Cricketers Association (PCA) of Nalanda College have appointed Nelson Mendis as the head coach of the under 14, under 16 and under 19 first eleven cricket teams.

Nelson Mendis is well known in the cricketing circles and is one of the finest coaches in Sri Lanka having produced many top cricketers in the past. Milton de Silva will be the assistant coach responsible for the first eleven cricket team during the 2003/04 season.

The Past Cricketers Association have also set up a committee on coaching comprising messrs Lalith Kaluperuma, Hemantha Devappriya, Roshan Mahanama together with the Principal of Nalanda College, head coach, prefect of games and the President of the PCA. The formulation of a new coaching structure in which the duties of active training of the first eleven team will be handled by an assistant coach while the head coach is overall responsible for Nalanda cricket.

The Past Cricketers Association have also set up a Cricket Academy and presently there are over 60 students selected from grade 4 to 6 undergoing training. The period of training is two years after which they would be available for the under 14 teams. Nelson Mendis was instrumental in setting up this unit and he will be assisted by Leslie Narangoda who is also a past cricketer of Nalanda.

Nelson Mendis also conducted a cricket workshop for the senior cricket pool recently and this workshop was handled by messrs Owen Matau (batting), Champaka Ramanayake (bowling) Gamini Perera (spin bowling), Kumara Dharmasena (fielding), Hemantha Devappriya (batting and wicket keeping) and Oshadie Weerasinghe (spin bowling). In addition a one day outbound training and a course on motivation, team work and leadership will be held just prior to the commencement of the season.

Meanwhile the Past Cricketers Association have appointed a panel of visiting experts comprising of past cricketers of Nalanda College. They are Bandula Warnapura, Lalith Kaluperuma, Roshan Mahanama, Kumara Dharmasena, Mahela Jayawardena, Hemantha Devappriya, Gamini Wickremasinghe and Susantha Karunaratne.

They will be in charge of selected areas of expertise and concentrate on excelling through technical advise and practice. (C.D)

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