Villavarayan is the new strength and conditioning coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming IPL.
Mario Villavarayan, the strength and conditioning coach of Bangladesh resigns to join Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). 'Yes I have resigned. I got an offer from Sunrisers Hyderabad and it's too good an opportunity for me to say no’, Villavarayan stated.
Villavarayan submitted his resignation last January 29 and agreed that his last task with Bangladesh will be the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe.
The Bangladesh Board of Cricket (BCB) did not allow Villavarayan to stay because of the next T20 match series against Ireland. ‘He is looking forward to work in the IPL but we cannot allow any of our full time coaching staff to work in IPL as we can have series or camp at that point of time. So we decided to part ways on mutual understanding’, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the chief executive of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said.
Villavarayan is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 116 first-class and 58 List A matches for Sri Lanka. After he retired as a cricketer, he worked as the strength and conditioning coach of Sri Lanka before he was appointed by the BCB to work with Bangladesh.
The 13th season of IPL will officially start on March 29 in which the opening match will be between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai in Maharashtra.
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