Sri Lanka news April 10, 2011

Coach appointment only after England tour - de Silva

Sri Lanka will name a successor to head coach Trevor Bayliss after Sri Lanka's tour of England that starts in May. Bayliss had said that he would step down after the World Cup and Stuart Law, who assisted Bayliss since November 2009, has been appointed interim coach for the England tour. Sri Lanka Cricket will be monitoring Law's performance on that tour as he is among the shortlisted candidates for the position of head coach.

"We've given him a chance to handle the team on the England tour," Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee DS de Silva said, "and see whether he is going to fit into the scene."

The other three coaches in the running for the job are former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, his former assistant coach Trevor Penney and former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard. "We knew about two months ago that Bayliss was leaving so we advertised in the web and papers, both internationally and locally. Nine responded from which we shortlisted five persons," de Silva said. "Everybody showed interest [and] we have already interviewed two of them on the phone.

"One among the nine was John Buchanan [former Australian coach]. We wrote to Buchanan and he gave his terms but we cannot afford them. We have dropped him from the list. Moody is due to come back to us. When he was here we had a long chat with him and he showed some interest in the job.

"We are going to ask the other two - Penney and Maynard - to come and give a presentation. It will take another week or so. We couldn't wait for that long so we decided to appoint Law for the England tour. Until the tour is over we won't appoint a head coach," he said.

de Silva said that former Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu had been approached to become the batting coach of the national team. "We had a two-hour meeting with Marvan today and he gave us a very good presentation. We have to talk about terms with him and we have to take a decision on Monday whether to appoint him for the English tour."

de Silva said that he was disappointed that Sri Lanka couldn't win the World Cup but said that the team "did well" to reach the final. "I have to give credit to all the coaching staff and management of the national team they have done a good job," he said.

de Silva also said there was no crisis within the Sri Lanka team or at Sri Lanka Cricket in wake of the number of resignations after the World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene resigned as captain and vice captain respectively with the national selectors handing in their resignations as well. "I really don't know why it all happened at once," he said. "I cannot give an answer to that. I was surprised by Sangakkara resigning from the captaincy and the selectors taking a decision like this."

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  • Anas on April 13, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Well it's time for the new era players to take over the reigns. I suggest that some of the current school scene players should be included in the SL squad and groom them for the future. My SL team listing would be - Captain Angelo Mathews in all format of the game with a radical vice captain from the school scene Bhanuka Rajapaksa the make up of the team should be Dilshan, Ramit Rambukwella/Tissara Perera to open, one drop Angelo, Kumar, Mahela, Bhanuka, Upul Tharanga/Dinesh Chandimal, Chathura Peris(very important player for the future), Andri Berenger/Lahiru Thrimanne/Chamara Kapugathera, Randiv, Malinga, Mendis etc. Important to get the young guns exposed to international cricket very early.

  • Dru on April 11, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Another "interim" appointment by SLC!! Why didint they sort this out BEFORE the tour of England when everyone knew Bayliss was leaving. So SLC want to give Law a chance to perform on tour before appointing him - what is going on here?? This is crazy - no one gets appointed in this manner. "Presentations" seems to be a selection condition - well Gary Kirsten came for the Indian position with no presentation!! SLC just get on with the job or get someone who can get the job done and enough of this "interim" selections/appointments.

  • darshana on April 11, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Moody brought us 2007 final.. also he brought is from Ranked 2nd to 7th. People only see WC final in 2007.. should look at his record closely. i think we should have a change from Aussie thinking. Look at England and India.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I think Tom Moody is good Selection. He Knows very well our team also. Marvan will be come batting coach its very good news for us , bzuse he have a correct batting technique. Any way Good luck marvan.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    I hope Atapattu gets the job! He is arguably the most technical sound batman who played in the last decade. A former captain, great batsman and more importantly, a guy who has the guts to stand up against corruption! He is the sort of person we dearly need within the Sri Lankan team. Regarding the coach, Moody & Penny did a great job during their term with the team. These two helped Sri Lanka to take that further step to be one of the leaders in world cricket. So it might be wise to appoint one of them who has prior exposure to SLC's setup. Not sure about Maynard, he is a former England assistant coach but don't think that's too much to go by.

  • Daison on April 10, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Those resignations are called "leave when people say WHY"!!! Very graceful of them!

  • Yohan on April 10, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Like to see Marvan as batting coach,who had a very correct batting technique.

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