The 81-Test player will serve as the Swans’ batting coach under new head coach Chris Hall, who has been elevated from his assistant’s role to replace the departing Brett Lewis.
Samaraweera, who played for Berwick in the Dandenong District Cricket Association last season, counted 14 Test centuries in the 5462 runs he made at an average of 48.76.
Hall said Samaraweera, 37, had taken a non-playing role, but the club hoped he would change his mind as the season approached.
“At the moment he’s saying he wouldn’t want to play,’’ he said.
“But when cricket’s been your life and you get back involved at an elite level after 12, 18 months away from it, he might get keen to showcase his skills.
“Let’s hope so.’’
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