Sri Lankan news October 25, 2010

Trevor Bayliss plans to stand down after World Cup

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Trevor Bayliss intends to quit as the coach of Sri Lanka after next year's World Cup, having spent three years in the role. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Bayliss, the former New South Wales coach, was keen to spend more time with his wife and teenage children, who still live in Sydney.

"I'm on the lookout [for a new job]," Bayliss told the paper. He is in Sydney with the Sri Lankans ahead of their limited-overs series against Australia, which begins with a Twenty20 in Perth on Sunday followed by three one-day internationals.

The matches are part of Sri Lanka's preparations for the World Cup, which they will host in conjunction with India and Bangladesh starting next February. Last time the tournament was held in the subcontinent Sri Lanka emerged triumphant, and Bayliss is optimistic of their hopes in 2011.

"They've got a good chance in this World Cup coming up, and I'm looking forward to it very much," Bayliss said. In his time as Sri Lanka's coach, Bayliss has helped the team win 11 out of 25 Tests and 41 of 78 ODIs, and they now sit third in the ICC Test rankings and fourth in the one-day international list.

A former batsman who played 58 first-class matches for New South Wales, Bayliss took on the role as the state's coach in 2004-05. He was chosen to replace Tom Moody at the helm of the Sri Lankan side in August 2007.

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  • PremasiriS on October 27, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    A Local official wouldn't have received the same recognition from the senior players as a renowned foreign coach would. The case of Bandula Warnapura Vs Arjuna & Aravinda is a clear example.

  • on October 26, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    How did an article about a retiring coach come to an argument of statistics? Leave the debate about information credibility in some obscure forum on the internet. I personally want to thank Trevor Bayliss for the services he has given Sri Lanka Cricket (Even if he was paid for it) He may not have been the most dynamic but I will not criticize for his style of coaching.

    Personally, I'm all in favor of a local coach. Many of our guys don't get the credit they deserve for coaching and grooming the great players of today. Who do you think trained the likes of Sanga, Mahela and Malinga before they entered the international scene? We're going through a rebuilding phase at the moment and someone from our home turf would be best.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 26, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • sadSajith on October 26, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @ Sai Prasad .... Dont lie man...Results of Sri Lanka vs India in Major Cricket tournaments goes like this. **** World Cup : Sri Lanka won-3 [twice in 1996,once in 2007 ] , India won-2 [1999,2003] , draw-1 [1988]. **** Champions trophy : draw-1 [2002], **** World T20 : Sri Lanka won-1 [2010]. So in Major events Sri Lanka won -4 ,India won 2. Now who is better?

  • PremasiriS on October 26, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    There is no point in appointing even the World's No.1 coach if he doesn't have a free hand to do his team management activities. However it would be nice if SLaw (a quality batsman of1st Class Bat.Ave. 50+) could be appointed as the Head Coach. Being a player of vast experience, he may be a great help for the future young promising players in particular. It would be better still if he could be assigned as a member of the selection committee as well, the way it happens in many premier countries where there are proper administrative structures. We, as ardent cricket fans of SL would like to thank Mr Baylis for the great service he has rendered to the SLC.

  • TerranceRajah on October 25, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Good job Trevor.. but I think it is time to sit down and start using our local coaches. I strongly believe Rumesh Ratnayake would do a great job. probably Chandika Hatturusinghe as his deputy.I'm sure with this combination Sri Lanka will do well. I think with Aravinda and his team doing well with the selections , it will be the right combination of these two with the coaching job.. All these men , go along well and Sri Lankan cricket future will be in good hands..

  • CricketPissek on October 25, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    hehe.. more indians butting in SL news and insulting our nation. this is a running theme of Cricinfo! horses for courses... whatmore was perfect for 95-96. wasn't really worth the millions he was paid during his 2nd stint (2003). moody did an amazing job in 2006-07. bayliss was not in the limelight but am sure did a great job. SLC wouldn't waste money on someone who didn't deserve it. am sure the next choice will be a good decision as well. as far as Champaka Ramanayake is concerned, he along with Rumesh did an amazing job on our pace bowlers, so comments insulting him are unwarranted

  • on October 25, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    i dont see where some of these comments are coming from?? just cos a coach is not in the news all the time does not mean he is backward. Thats jsut typical Sri Lankan mentality.

    @ Sai Prasad - Dav was the perfect for Sri Lanka at that pioint in time but the most dynamic coach we ever head was Tom Moody. ti was such a shame that the political situation in the country made him move on.

    The more worrying statistic is that the head coach position is becoming a postion that foreign coaches use to booste their CV and move on. I hope the SC look to recitify this by providing top class coaches the proper incentives to stay in their jobs longer. you cannot blame any coash if his family is not provided the right environment to move to Sri Lanka in the time he works there.

    @ randikaayya - lol nice one about C Rmanayaka being an international caliber coach PMSL drop the nationalist BS if you really want you country to succeed.

  • Philip_Gnana on October 25, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    SL would have had more success internationally especially in India if the UDR System was in place. SL never had the home advantage working for them. India always thrived on home advantage and the reason why they never opted for the UDRS and why should they. Playing India often, it is relevant. Trevor has done well during his tenure. We have had some important changes especially Vaas, Jayasuriya, Attapattu and Murali all having either retired or having decided not to play some or all test tests. I am sure he would have had more success as the side is more balanced going forward and with new blood too. We need to continue with the principal (tongue in cheek) that we need to continue with the Austrlian Coaches. This has been a huge contirbutory factor in the way we play and think - mind set. All the best wishes for Bayliss and we wish him well. Get Tom Moody back... he was an inspiration. Stuart Law is there for us too. Dave Whatmore did a tremendous job for us. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on October 25, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    This is actually good for the Lankans. Time to start looking for a more dynamic and thinking coach like Whatmore! @Munazir For your info in the last decade(Decade=10 years) India vs SL in worldcups Won 2(199,2003) Lost 1(2007). May be you are talking about Pakistan vs India. Pakistan :Played 4 Lost 4!

  • PremasiriS on October 27, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    A Local official wouldn't have received the same recognition from the senior players as a renowned foreign coach would. The case of Bandula Warnapura Vs Arjuna & Aravinda is a clear example.

  • on October 26, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    How did an article about a retiring coach come to an argument of statistics? Leave the debate about information credibility in some obscure forum on the internet. I personally want to thank Trevor Bayliss for the services he has given Sri Lanka Cricket (Even if he was paid for it) He may not have been the most dynamic but I will not criticize for his style of coaching.

    Personally, I'm all in favor of a local coach. Many of our guys don't get the credit they deserve for coaching and grooming the great players of today. Who do you think trained the likes of Sanga, Mahela and Malinga before they entered the international scene? We're going through a rebuilding phase at the moment and someone from our home turf would be best.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 26, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • sadSajith on October 26, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @ Sai Prasad .... Dont lie man...Results of Sri Lanka vs India in Major Cricket tournaments goes like this. **** World Cup : Sri Lanka won-3 [twice in 1996,once in 2007 ] , India won-2 [1999,2003] , draw-1 [1988]. **** Champions trophy : draw-1 [2002], **** World T20 : Sri Lanka won-1 [2010]. So in Major events Sri Lanka won -4 ,India won 2. Now who is better?

  • PremasiriS on October 26, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    There is no point in appointing even the World's No.1 coach if he doesn't have a free hand to do his team management activities. However it would be nice if SLaw (a quality batsman of1st Class Bat.Ave. 50+) could be appointed as the Head Coach. Being a player of vast experience, he may be a great help for the future young promising players in particular. It would be better still if he could be assigned as a member of the selection committee as well, the way it happens in many premier countries where there are proper administrative structures. We, as ardent cricket fans of SL would like to thank Mr Baylis for the great service he has rendered to the SLC.

  • TerranceRajah on October 25, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Good job Trevor.. but I think it is time to sit down and start using our local coaches. I strongly believe Rumesh Ratnayake would do a great job. probably Chandika Hatturusinghe as his deputy.I'm sure with this combination Sri Lanka will do well. I think with Aravinda and his team doing well with the selections , it will be the right combination of these two with the coaching job.. All these men , go along well and Sri Lankan cricket future will be in good hands..

  • CricketPissek on October 25, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    hehe.. more indians butting in SL news and insulting our nation. this is a running theme of Cricinfo! horses for courses... whatmore was perfect for 95-96. wasn't really worth the millions he was paid during his 2nd stint (2003). moody did an amazing job in 2006-07. bayliss was not in the limelight but am sure did a great job. SLC wouldn't waste money on someone who didn't deserve it. am sure the next choice will be a good decision as well. as far as Champaka Ramanayake is concerned, he along with Rumesh did an amazing job on our pace bowlers, so comments insulting him are unwarranted

  • on October 25, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    i dont see where some of these comments are coming from?? just cos a coach is not in the news all the time does not mean he is backward. Thats jsut typical Sri Lankan mentality.

    @ Sai Prasad - Dav was the perfect for Sri Lanka at that pioint in time but the most dynamic coach we ever head was Tom Moody. ti was such a shame that the political situation in the country made him move on.

    The more worrying statistic is that the head coach position is becoming a postion that foreign coaches use to booste their CV and move on. I hope the SC look to recitify this by providing top class coaches the proper incentives to stay in their jobs longer. you cannot blame any coash if his family is not provided the right environment to move to Sri Lanka in the time he works there.

    @ randikaayya - lol nice one about C Rmanayaka being an international caliber coach PMSL drop the nationalist BS if you really want you country to succeed.

  • Philip_Gnana on October 25, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    SL would have had more success internationally especially in India if the UDR System was in place. SL never had the home advantage working for them. India always thrived on home advantage and the reason why they never opted for the UDRS and why should they. Playing India often, it is relevant. Trevor has done well during his tenure. We have had some important changes especially Vaas, Jayasuriya, Attapattu and Murali all having either retired or having decided not to play some or all test tests. I am sure he would have had more success as the side is more balanced going forward and with new blood too. We need to continue with the principal (tongue in cheek) that we need to continue with the Austrlian Coaches. This has been a huge contirbutory factor in the way we play and think - mind set. All the best wishes for Bayliss and we wish him well. Get Tom Moody back... he was an inspiration. Stuart Law is there for us too. Dave Whatmore did a tremendous job for us. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on October 25, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    This is actually good for the Lankans. Time to start looking for a more dynamic and thinking coach like Whatmore! @Munazir For your info in the last decade(Decade=10 years) India vs SL in worldcups Won 2(199,2003) Lost 1(2007). May be you are talking about Pakistan vs India. Pakistan :Played 4 Lost 4!

  • on October 25, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    @ Dinesh Ramamurthy,,,

    please check the stats,, before assuming!!!!!!

  • on October 25, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    @ Dinesh Ramamurthy..i think its not good for a good sportsperson to talk without knowing the facts..SriLanka won the matches against India, South africa, Pakistan west indies new zealand in home during this period and won test matches in England, New zealand, pakistan and west indies in their soil... you have to noted its not Sri Lanka's fault to not to have enough matches in out of sub continents.

    FYI even look at indians they also have similar records they mostly won matches in India just 1 matches in new zealand, england , south africa and srilanka and 2 against aussies they beat

    its a habbit of Indians to under estimate Sri lankans all the time thats why they hammered by the Lankan in Big occasions like world cup wiat and see in the world cup

  • 9ST9 on October 25, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Moody IMO was the best coach SL had. From meek contenders who won when they were in control the team became a unit that could win even when down. the aggressive approach was evident in WC2007.

    as for "and they now sit third in the ICC Test rankings and fourth in the one-day international list." I wont be surprised if some idiots comment here about "..not winning a test in AUS SA IND...." if someone intends to say that please save your time and type "Ditto". we understand.

  • PHANTOM-X on October 25, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    @ Dinesh Ramamurthy...

    Mr. Ramamurthy, your assumptions are not valid here... We really love to believe you...sadly you have not shown stats and the source.

  • randikaayya on October 25, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Thank you Tevvor baylis for your services to the national team. However what goes unnoticed here is that the development of key batsmen and strategy has been largely shouldered by Chandika Hathurusinghe and the local coaching staff. Like someone said we need a more aggressive head coach, perhaps Champaka Ramanayake is a decent option given that he helped develop most of the key fast bowlers in the line up currently. my two cents

  • bigbang07 on October 25, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    How come Sri Lanka always replaces a coach after a world cup? First Dav Whatmore, then Tom Moody and now Bayliss. Perhaps an extended stint would work well here.

  • on October 25, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    I am assuming most, if not all, of those 11 test victories came at home, or in Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • on October 25, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    sri lanka's performance in the rankings has been good and they did well in the second t20 under Bayliss. Also positive has been the late blooming of Samaraweera and Dilshan. Still, he's very much just been guiding a ship that was set on the right direction by Moody and he's not been quite so succesful with the bowlers. So there's still room for improvement when looking for their next coach.

  • Alexk400 on October 25, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    All are looking for moola in IPL including coaches.

  • on October 25, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Good Idea, I think he is very backward as coach and SL needs a more aggressive one. May be Stuart Law can take over as the head coach. But thank you Bayliss for all the services you've rendered to our national team :)

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  • on October 25, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Good Idea, I think he is very backward as coach and SL needs a more aggressive one. May be Stuart Law can take over as the head coach. But thank you Bayliss for all the services you've rendered to our national team :)

  • Alexk400 on October 25, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    All are looking for moola in IPL including coaches.

  • on October 25, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    sri lanka's performance in the rankings has been good and they did well in the second t20 under Bayliss. Also positive has been the late blooming of Samaraweera and Dilshan. Still, he's very much just been guiding a ship that was set on the right direction by Moody and he's not been quite so succesful with the bowlers. So there's still room for improvement when looking for their next coach.

  • on October 25, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    I am assuming most, if not all, of those 11 test victories came at home, or in Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • bigbang07 on October 25, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    How come Sri Lanka always replaces a coach after a world cup? First Dav Whatmore, then Tom Moody and now Bayliss. Perhaps an extended stint would work well here.

  • randikaayya on October 25, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Thank you Tevvor baylis for your services to the national team. However what goes unnoticed here is that the development of key batsmen and strategy has been largely shouldered by Chandika Hathurusinghe and the local coaching staff. Like someone said we need a more aggressive head coach, perhaps Champaka Ramanayake is a decent option given that he helped develop most of the key fast bowlers in the line up currently. my two cents

  • PHANTOM-X on October 25, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    @ Dinesh Ramamurthy...

    Mr. Ramamurthy, your assumptions are not valid here... We really love to believe you...sadly you have not shown stats and the source.

  • 9ST9 on October 25, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Moody IMO was the best coach SL had. From meek contenders who won when they were in control the team became a unit that could win even when down. the aggressive approach was evident in WC2007.

    as for "and they now sit third in the ICC Test rankings and fourth in the one-day international list." I wont be surprised if some idiots comment here about "..not winning a test in AUS SA IND...." if someone intends to say that please save your time and type "Ditto". we understand.

  • on October 25, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    @ Dinesh Ramamurthy..i think its not good for a good sportsperson to talk without knowing the facts..SriLanka won the matches against India, South africa, Pakistan west indies new zealand in home during this period and won test matches in England, New zealand, pakistan and west indies in their soil... you have to noted its not Sri Lanka's fault to not to have enough matches in out of sub continents.

    FYI even look at indians they also have similar records they mostly won matches in India just 1 matches in new zealand, england , south africa and srilanka and 2 against aussies they beat

    its a habbit of Indians to under estimate Sri lankans all the time thats why they hammered by the Lankan in Big occasions like world cup wiat and see in the world cup

  • on October 25, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    @ Dinesh Ramamurthy,,,

    please check the stats,, before assuming!!!!!!