Sri Lanka news April 6, 2011

Stuart Law appointed interim Sri Lanka coach

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Former Australia batsman Stuart Law has been asked to be interim coach of the Sri Lanka team for the tour of England starting next month. Law had assisted outgoing Australian head coach Trevor Bayliss since November 2009 and is expected to take over his a full-time successor.

Bayliss, who was head coach for the past four years, had stated that he would be quitting the job after the 2011 World Cup, where Sri Lanka were losing finalists. "We have requested Law to take over as coach for the England tour until we finalise our headhunt for Trevor Bayliss' successor," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.

The last two days have been a period of upheaval for Sri Lankan cricket, with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene stepping down from their leadership roles, and the selection committee resigning.

Sri Lanka commences a tour of England on the second week of May and the itinerary comprises three Tests and five ODIs.