Sri Lankan World Cup winner Romesh Kaluwitharana has been appointed coach of the Malaysian senior squad on a short-term contract.

Five applicants are on the short-list for the long-term position as national coach of Malaysia but none are able to join before July. The Malaysian Cricket Association will bank on Kaluwitharana to boost the national squad in time for the ACC Trophy which takes place at the end of July.

Malaysian Captain Rohan Vishnu Suppiah said. "All the players are looking forward to Mr. Kaluwitharana's arrival and it is a tremendous honour for all of us to have a coach of his experience. It was he along with Sanath Jayasuriya who changed the face of one-day batting and I am hoping he will be able to provide us with some good batting tips as Malaysia's downfall in the past has been its batting."

Speaking exclusively to the ACC from Sri Lanka, Mr. Kaluwitharana said that this is a new challenge for him and his main aim is to better the squad and to take them to victory in the ACC Trophy.

"I will need to see the Malaysian squad's cricketing standard first and then plan out my strategy. I do not want to make a lot of changes but I will develop them mentally and look to improve their approach to the game"

"I have been in contact with ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake and he has been providing me with valuable information about Malaysia's cricketing standard. I am very excited and look forward to this task," added Mr. Kaluwitharana.

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Filed May 16, 2008