Sri Lanka news July 15, 2011

Ratnayake named SL interim coach


Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake has been appointed as the interim Sri Lanka coach for the home series against Australia that begins next month.

"We have appointed Rumesh Ratnayake only for the Australian tour because there is hardly any time to look for another coach," Upali Dharmadasa, Sri Lanka Cricket's interim committee chairman, said.

Former Australia batsman Stuart Law, who was appointed the interim coach for Sri Lanka's tour of England, after Trevor Bayliss relinquished the post after the World Cup, stepped down at the conclusion of the England tour.

Ratnayake, 47, who has played 23 Tests and 70 ODIs for Sri Lanka is presently a development officer with the Asian Cricket Council. "We had to get permission from the Asian Cricket Council president Ashraful Haq to have Rumesh released for the series," Dharmadas said.

Ratnayake, who picked up nine wickets in Sri Lanka's maiden Test victory in the second Test against India in Colombo in 1985, had signed a four-year contract to be Sri Lanka's assistant coach in 2007, but withdrew citing family commitments.

Dharmadasa said that the hunt for a new national coach would begin within the next three months. "We will call for fresh applicants for the post by advertising on the ICC and SLC websites and also in the national newspapers," he said, adding that candidates who had shown interest in the job after Bayliss stepped down would have to make fresh applications if they are to be considered.

Australia are scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in Sri Lanka, with the first T20 game to be played on August 6 in Pallekele. Dinesh Chandimal and Dhammika Prasad, who impressed on the limited-over leg of the tour of England and Scotland, will be part of the mix for the Australia series after they have been withdrawn from the Sri Lanka A squad that is due to tour England in July and August. Kanishka Alvitigala and Kushal Janith are their replacements in the Sri Lanka A squad.

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  • Srinath on July 18, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    It's great to see a person like Rumesh had been given the task at least for a series. Aussie series is very important as SL could gather momentum and move ahead.

    I hope SLC's present interim committee will do a good job and keep game of Cricket clean.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    I forgot to add that SL need a bowling coach ..................just for Suranga Lakmal ! If you watch his action closely you might be able spot that there are similarities with Glenn McGrath's action. Did anyone see the yorker he got Trott out with, which was very similar to how McGrath bowled Jayawardene on one of the Aus-SL tests in Oz. SL must develop and look after Lakmal for the future. He should become SLs McGrath.

  • Andy on July 17, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    why not hire some recently retired ex-sl cricketers as coaches, may be around Aravinda Desilva or Roshan Mahanam, around that interim. For bowling may be they can hire a good international coach.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    All the countries are making the same mistake except Australia who appoint their own men as coaches. What did Greg Chappel do to Indian cricket.? India and Srilaka should have their own men as coaches.

  • Sakthi on July 16, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    @ Herath-UK: Kristen was coach of India when India won the world cup. I dont know what is your point. Then Indian coaches are highly paid job as well.

  • suresh on July 16, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    srilanka must try for pakistani coach they are muchj better

  • Dru on July 16, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    After reading your comments its just occured to be where is Hathurusinghe - he would be the perfect local guy to take over having been with the team for so long AND worked closely with the different foreighn coaches over a number years. DS has destroyed SL cricket on all fronts on taken home millions doing it. He threw out Hathu for a personal reasons and the price will be paid by the country. Why was this guy appointed and has anyone done more damage to SLC?

  • Wala on July 16, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Nice to see SL choosing a local coach. That should be the way to go.

  • Aruna on July 16, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @Sanath-aiyya, you have a great point...but in my opinion, the coach should be articulate as well as not afraid to try new a matter of fact Arjuna and Dav were the best pair that had happened to SL-cricket...

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    I think it is unethical to give Rumesh the job temporarily as he already has got a top job with the ACC (This would only happen in Sri Lanka). I don't think the job should go to anyone the players can call "machang" either. This is why for so long the SLCC has gone down the foreigh coack route. I really think the SLCC is missing a trick my not making Marvan the coach. Marvan will not stand for any nonsense ...... from the board or players. Otherwise why not appoint a player/coach (e.g Mahela). But SL need 2 bowling coaches....not just 1. SLCC the choice is yours.

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