Sri Lanka news July 15, 2011

Ratnayake named SL interim coach

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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leg of the tour of England and Scotland, will be part of the mix for the Australia series after they have been withdrawn from the Sri Lanka A squad that is due to tour England in July and August.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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  • Sri1967 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.

  • 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.

  • serious-am-i 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.

  • 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.

  • Sakthiivel 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.

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

    srilanka must try for pakistani coach they are muchj better

  • stormy16 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?

  • WTEH on July 16, 2011, 13:23 GMT

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

  • CricketFan2011WC 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 things...as a matter of fact Arjuna and Dav were the best pair that had happened to SL-cricket...

  • 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.

  • Sri1967 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.

  • 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.

  • serious-am-i 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.

  • 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.

  • Sakthiivel 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.

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

    srilanka must try for pakistani coach they are muchj better

  • stormy16 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?

  • WTEH on July 16, 2011, 13:23 GMT

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

  • CricketFan2011WC 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 things...as a matter of fact Arjuna and Dav were the best pair that had happened to SL-cricket...

  • 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.

  • on July 16, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    @Asitha18, its not "we" who are tired of seeing Dilshan, Mahela or Sanga playing every games. There are 11 players in the team, so, 8 other players too can play there. These "3" players are not just great players in Sri Lanka, but at the world level. Anyway, Kapugedara should never be given chance again (he was given too many chances and failed more than 95% occations, probably because of him, Chandimal was not selected to the world cup too). It has proved again and again Mahela has done so well when he comes as a opening batsman, so, he should always open on ODI and T20.

  • on July 16, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    I alwasy proud to be an Sri Lankan.. But i believe Sri Lanakn need a foreign coach.. They cannon work with Local coach..

  • Sobat on July 16, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    something is missing again I beleve....changing a coach tour after tour is realy a sad story for the players and even the coach .... how the hell can anyone do something to the team so soon? when the time Romesh get to know the players his time with the job will be over.... if somebody had a brain in SLC would have tryed Mavi or Ramanayeka or Hathu.... becose this guys hav been wit the team for sometime now and know them too and what support they need and what to be corrected

  • Test-is-the-best on July 16, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    No doubt SLC need a bowling coach Like Akram or Donald.. Hope Rumesh too suit for it. I WISH GOOD LUCK for him as a bowling coach for the national team. But SLC need to appoint a coach in the caliber of Tom Moody /Gary Kirsten or John Buchanan ...

  • evenflow_1990 on July 15, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    @Victor Mukherjee: i think it's the other 9 players who need them =P

  • khiladisher on July 15, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    CHANGING THE COACHES IS NOT GOING TO HELP LANKAN CRICKET ANYWAYS.CAN RUMESH HELP THEM WIN A SINGLE TEST AT LEAST IN INDIA OR AUSTRALIA I VERY MUCH DOUBT.SRI LANKA ARE VERY MUCH IN TIER 2 OF CRICKET ALONG WITH PAKISTAN,WEST INDIES AND NEW ZEALAND.

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 15, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    ***dear SLC*** why dont we hire the great wasim akram as our coach? wasim has often provided immense support to chaminda vaas in his early years. People like Welegedara and Nuwan Pradeep could immensely need this. No offence to Rumesh Ratnayake - he just doesnt command the same aura. Wasim bhai could at least be hired as a specialist bowling coach and maybe someone like Marvan Atapattu could be the full time coach

  • Asitha18 on July 15, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    Its time to give young players more opportunities now. Its a shame some our test players are playing T20. Perfect example is Mahela is opening for SL. Mahela is a better player than Thuraga but we need more than that. We need players in the caliber of Jayasooria, Chirs Gal or Shewa mold. Most importantly we need strong attacking openers on the TOP. KAPUGADARA is the ideal player to OPEN in T20 and ODI with Dilshan. When it come to T20. KAPUGADARA, MATHIEW, MAHAFOOF, PERERA and CHANDIMAl are the best young talent we have. So these players should bat higher when ever possible that's will allow them cement their places in 50 Overs. Our bowling is very weak compared to 2007. (Muraly & Vass are missing) . So we need aggressive batter on the top. SANGAKARA and MAHELA should bat low to middle order and should give youngsters more opportunities to bat higher order. We are tired of seen Dilsha, Sagakara & Mahela play almost every game (TEST, ODI & T20).

  • Asitha18 on July 15, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Romesh is the best all rounder SL ever produced. Unfortunately he bats too low in ODI that's why he couldn't contribute lot with his bat. Why SL hire expensive average foreign players when they can get the services of world class players from our own backyard. I know foreign coachers bring fresh ideas to the table but it's worth when considering the price we have to pay. What SL should do give Romesh the job till next World Cup

  • Herath-UK on July 15, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    I think this may turn out to be a master stroke,appointing a good influential immediate past cricketer. Look at Gary Kirsten etc.Then see who India appointed,Duncan Fletcher! I'm sure India will learn from Sri Lanka again and appoint an Indian next time. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    With players like Sanga and Mahela..do you really need a coach for temporary basis?

  • on July 15, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    completely agree with you Chennai Challenger~! This is not the way to go as an international team!

  • Triple_A on July 15, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    No time to find new coaches...thats rubbish...SL admin just wants to save money on a new foreign coach till they can by hiring a local....dont be surprised if this guy continues for a "temp period of 2 -3 years"

  • Herath-UK on July 15, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Hopefully there are some wise heads in the SLC whose main target from now onwards should be to make ideal preparations/ conditions for the all important South African tour; no more public faux pas as happened sadly with the England tour; a local/foreign permanent coach well jelled with the team, the senior players spoken to well with regard to their responsibilities (easier now as there is no IPL now) and to identify the right bowling unit best for the wickets in SA and not just the ones who got more wickets in SL pitches.

    Ranil Herath - Kent

  • MENDIS_Forever on July 15, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Best wishes to u sir. u have got a stiff challenge.first of all do not listen to anything said by our pundit politicians.do not select mediocre players like Kandamby and Chamaras.give a chance to nuwan pradeep and look after him well.include dhammika Prasad in the SL ODI squad.He was continuously given a place in Tests.But prasad is a good ODI bowler.He is not a test bowler.Our XI is very good now.all the best!!!

  • Vasum on July 15, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket making mistake over mistakes, Coach is the main guru for players and his guidance is very important to the further of cricket. Wakeup SLC.

  • Praxis on July 15, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    I know these are the hard times but we Bangladeshi fans must thank you guys. If your board had signed Stuart Law for a longer period we wouldn't have our first choice coach. Anyway, best of luck in the next series, hoping to see a good contest[...assuming we get to see the matches here in TV...]. For ODI series Sri Lanka will certainly win, don't know about the the tests though, depends on the fast bowlers.

  • on July 15, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    I don't why Sri Lanka are taking so long to appoint a permanent coach...either they're looking for a perfect coach which is hard to find or no one is ready to take up the challenging job of coaching Sri Lanka!

  • CRIC89 on July 15, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Nearly 4 months gone away after the Trevor Bayliss's retirement as Sri Lanka's head coach. But yet SLC can't find a suitable person to coach the team permanently. It shows again and again SLC is roaming without a plan.

  • KingOwl on July 15, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Another sign of the incompetence of the board. Here they are going into a very important series and they haven't got a coach! GSLC new all along that Bayliss was going. Yet, they did nothing to find a new coach in time.

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    RUMESH HAD BEEN STAR FOR SRI LANKA IN THE PAST.HE IS THE IDEAL CHOICE.SRI LANKA WOULD DEFINETLY EXCEL UNDER HIS ABLE COACHING.ALL THE BEST RUMESH.

  • on July 15, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I am totally against a SL coach but when i realised he has been away from Sl the last few years, he seems a good choice more so as our bowling is weak.And he may be a good assistant coach.Pity Haturusinghe may not have been considered due to Kumar fighting his cause. Like Kisrten who had a major hand in selections, we need a foreigner with a strong personality and commanding respect who can then have a major hand in selections. Get the best whatevr the cost and cut down on expenses like a slector going on minor tours and Duleep can be turned with the wind and he was recentky sacked and like Sanath wants to be earning his livelihood till dotage.If Anura is manager, one does not need a selector for any tour.I would like a firmer person as Manager and Anura can be better used in SL.If there is no political interference. evenMadugalle abd Mahnama can be bette used even in the committees. Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney

  • on July 15, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I am afraid SLC is also going in the way of Pakistani cricket..

  • on July 15, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    This is a joke.. Is Srilanka playing the A team against the Oz's for Rumesh to be the coach.. We got enough to do that job... Why not Murali??? The highest wicket taker of all times..

  • Balumekka on July 15, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Minister appointed temporary cricket board, Temporary captain and a temporary coach....Man....What a blend!!!!!!! We can expect miracles out of this ......!!!!!

  • anver777 on July 15, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    I'm sure an experienced guy like Rumesh will do a good job against Aussie ?????? Best of Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stormy16 on July 15, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Any chance SLC will learn from past mistakes? They appointed an 'interim' coach who left because it was 'interim' - SLC seem to be struggling to understand that INTERIM is not really an option at the top level. They knew Bayliss was leaving for months before the WC but werent able to secure a coach for a team that played the WC final. Now those applicants have to re-apply. Why doesnt the honorable Minister appoint one of his cronies as the coach and the search for a coach for a team that has played in the last two WC finals can stop.

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    saga continues as slc go blind :/

  • Third_Gear on July 15, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Why most of the SL coaching staffs escape and Join BD Team???

  • on July 15, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Interim commitees, interim chairmen, interim secretaries, interim ministers, interim coaches, interim captains, interim vice captains, interim playes and INTERIM SRI LANKA!!!!

  • Sakthiivel on July 15, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Interim cricket committee, interim Coach looks so funny with SLC. Srilankan talents are wasted by these poor administrative people.

  • Ellis on July 15, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Never fear, SLC is here!! They have known for a long time that a new coach was needed. Yet, we are at another temporary assignment. It is obviously wrong to pin the blame on the new interim committee, but where is the continuity between one committee and another on matters such as selecting a coach? Ratnayake must have been on the radar screen for a long time, so, why the temporary assignment? What is he expected to do in three months? SLC must be a case study in how to screw matters up. Take it away, guys!

  • nwsk on July 15, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    ALL THE BEST 4 RUMESH, . SAW THE COLOURES FOR US

  • on July 15, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I dont agree with this temporary coaches.. SLC should think players need to get used to a coach as he would be the key man in running the team along with the captain.

    When they just get a feel of the "Interim" coach, he would be gone and another coach would be considered. This is not going to help the players and the team . They can rather go to Australian series with out a coach

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  • on July 15, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I dont agree with this temporary coaches.. SLC should think players need to get used to a coach as he would be the key man in running the team along with the captain.

    When they just get a feel of the "Interim" coach, he would be gone and another coach would be considered. This is not going to help the players and the team . They can rather go to Australian series with out a coach

  • nwsk on July 15, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    ALL THE BEST 4 RUMESH, . SAW THE COLOURES FOR US

  • Ellis on July 15, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Never fear, SLC is here!! They have known for a long time that a new coach was needed. Yet, we are at another temporary assignment. It is obviously wrong to pin the blame on the new interim committee, but where is the continuity between one committee and another on matters such as selecting a coach? Ratnayake must have been on the radar screen for a long time, so, why the temporary assignment? What is he expected to do in three months? SLC must be a case study in how to screw matters up. Take it away, guys!

  • Sakthiivel on July 15, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Interim cricket committee, interim Coach looks so funny with SLC. Srilankan talents are wasted by these poor administrative people.

  • on July 15, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Interim commitees, interim chairmen, interim secretaries, interim ministers, interim coaches, interim captains, interim vice captains, interim playes and INTERIM SRI LANKA!!!!

  • Third_Gear on July 15, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Why most of the SL coaching staffs escape and Join BD Team???

  • on July 15, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    saga continues as slc go blind :/

  • stormy16 on July 15, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Any chance SLC will learn from past mistakes? They appointed an 'interim' coach who left because it was 'interim' - SLC seem to be struggling to understand that INTERIM is not really an option at the top level. They knew Bayliss was leaving for months before the WC but werent able to secure a coach for a team that played the WC final. Now those applicants have to re-apply. Why doesnt the honorable Minister appoint one of his cronies as the coach and the search for a coach for a team that has played in the last two WC finals can stop.

  • anver777 on July 15, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    I'm sure an experienced guy like Rumesh will do a good job against Aussie ?????? Best of Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Balumekka on July 15, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Minister appointed temporary cricket board, Temporary captain and a temporary coach....Man....What a blend!!!!!!! We can expect miracles out of this ......!!!!!