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Jayawardene declines coaching role for Sri Lanka
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Jayawardene declines coaching role for Sri Lanka

Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has declined to play a role in Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign owing to the fact that he is massively disappointed with the board’s policies and priorities and the general state of sport in his country.

Jayawardene, who recently played a crucial role as a coach for Mumbai Indians in their fourth Indian Premier League victory, has in the past presented plans to change the country's domestic cricket system, only for the proposals to be rejected by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

"I was (invited), but I have several other commitments. More than that, I didn't understand the role I am expected to play. There's no point in me getting involved tactically, or whatever if I don't have a say in the whole structure. The team is selected and everything is done and dusted. There is no room for me to come in and add something," Jayawardene said.