Sri Lanka news May 9, 2009

Sri Lanka board to take ICL decision on Thursday

The SLC will hold an important interim committee meeting on Thursday to decide on the future of ICL-contracted players, including former captain Marvan Atapattu.

Nishantha Ranatunga , the interim committee chairman, said that chairman DS de Silva was keen on lifting the ban and allowing past cricketers to be involved in the game, and it was likely that a positive decision would be reached.

With the BCCI allowing all its cricketers associated with ICL to return to official cricket if they cut all ties with the unofficial private league by the end of May, other boards are likely to follow on the same lines.

Ranatunga said that SLC was also exploring the possibility of hiring another former great Aravinda de Silva as a full-time consultant coach. SLC have already appointed another former Sri Lanka cricketer Romesh Kaluwitharana as temporary coach of the Sri Lanka A team after Chandika Hathurusingha, another former Sri Lanka cricketer was promoted to become the shadow assistant coach of the senior team.

Ranatunga stated that SLC has advertised for permanent coaches for the Sri Lanka A team, Development Squad and the Academy Squad. "After we close applications an independent committee will evaluate the prospective candidates for interviews," Ranatunga said.

SLC will also look at hiring a full-time manager for the senior team. At present former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon Kuruppu has been appointed to the post on a tour-by-tour basis. Ranatunga said that SLC was keen to have Kuruppu involved in the capacity of a national selector or a coach, but they would speak to him before making the appointment.

Ranatunga also said that they had received about 40 applications for the post of media manager. "We will be shortlisting them very soon for interviews," he said.