COLOMBO:- Sri Lanka Sunday announced it was contracting former Test batsman Thilan Samaraweera as the batting coach to groom the national team in the run up to the 2019 World Cup. Samaraweera, who retired from Test cricket in 2013, had been a batting consultant for Bangladesh team, SLC said in a statement. "SLC announces today the recruitment of former Sri Lankan right hand batsman Samaraweera as batting coach to the national team for a period of three years," it said. Samaraweera is due to join Lankan squad before leaving for India.–AFP