Sri Lanka news October 6, 2013

Six applicants for Sri Lanka head coach job

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Sri Lanka Cricket has received six applications for the job of head coach as the deadline closed on Sunday, SLC's acting CEO Ashley de Silva has said. Current coach Graham Ford will vacate the post due to family reasons when his contract expires in January, meaning Sri Lanka will have a new coach in the year leading up to the 2015 World Cup.

Paul Farbrace, who was Sri Lanka's assistant coach during Trevor Bayliss' tenure, is believed to be among the applicants. Farbrace resigned after being wounded in the Lahore terrorist attack in March 2009 and joined English county Kent. He is presently the second-team coach of Yorkshire.

Among the others who are understood to have applied are Shane Duff, former trainer of the Sri Lanka team, and Ruwan Kalpage, former Sri Lanka spinner and current fielding coach.

There have also been attempts by SLC to secure the services of Peter Moores, the former England team coach who is now in charge of Lancashire, and Stephen Fleming, the former New Zealand captain and current coach of Chennai Super Kings.

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  • anton_ego on October 6, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Being an Indian, I wish my island neighbors get a good coach ASAP since they ll have just one year to get accustomed to the new coach leading up to the WC in 2015, and it ll be a shame if they don't put up a good show there. Fleming must be the best choice, but I got to admit I have little knowledge about the rest of the applicants. Good luck SL.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    It has to be flemming or please dont even think of the knockouts stage in WC2015

  • Anwar-Lara on October 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    It has to be Stephen Fleming... what a cricketing brain this guy have..

  • VVSR92 on October 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Fleming as a full time coach looks a distant possibility. Fleming is a great coach and would bring valuable to any side. If he is interested in coaching sl he would be miles ahead of any other contendors. Now it seems that fabrice the former assistant coach and shane duff are leading favourites to secure the job.However it is important sl appoint a coach who is capable enough to ensure sl poses title challenge to wc in aus & moreover who can efficiently manage the transition of nucleus of side from likes of mahela & sanga to younger generation players after the world cup.The process that are implemented in following couple of years could have a massive impact on the future of cricket in sl.

  • Wolverine77 on October 9, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    It has to be Stephen Fleming....

  • issawee on October 8, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    flemming is the ideal candidate.. since we are having the next world cup in ausi/NZ conditions..he will be a great asset to Srilankan cricket..

  • on October 8, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Did anyone from SLC tried approaching Rahul Dravid for the job????

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on October 8, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    it should be Felming. SL crciket team earned considerable success against aussies,england because of Ford and other overseas coaches but failures against Ind ia.so if fleming know some weak points of Indians as a Chennai Head Coach. who suggested Local Head Coach should know every time there was a Local Coach SL defeat to infinity and political came inside Cricket Team. eg:Roy Dias 1999. even current SLteam some players may not accept wording of Local Coach like Ruwan Kalpage and Hathuru who were unsuccessful of their time.

  • on October 8, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I think Stephen Fleming applying for the job is a joke. Either SLC has asked him to come in (Which is a good thing) Or SLC is lying to the general public...

    As Dave Burrow said, last year October, Fleming said "I get my cricket fix doing this," he told ESPNcricinfo. "And then I am just enjoying living a normal life. With all the travelling I did as a player, it's nice to just have a normal life. It's great to be able to do this for a few weeks a year but that is it."

    Good if Fleming accept the challenge but highly unlikely. Why can't SL appoint a former great players like Aravinda de Silva, Wettimuny, Roy Dias, Duleep Mendis, Ranjan Madugalle or even Arjuna Ranatunga as head coach?

  • on October 8, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    sri lanka has a good fast bowling coach ie chaminda vass. I think we must hire dav what more again coz he has proved twice as asri lankan head coach and currently pak players dont like him coz they cannot understand english. but our players would be able to learn a lot from him. dev was sanga and mahel's coach at the beginning of their careers. at that time sanga was an ordinary player during the 2003 world cup but he matured in to a world class through proper guidence and technique no doubt given by the international experiance and hard work. i see dimuth as a prospect for sanga rather than thirimanne and ashan priyanjan as a long term mahela. dont need to back always chandimal and thiri we have lot more talented players

  • anton_ego on October 6, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Being an Indian, I wish my island neighbors get a good coach ASAP since they ll have just one year to get accustomed to the new coach leading up to the WC in 2015, and it ll be a shame if they don't put up a good show there. Fleming must be the best choice, but I got to admit I have little knowledge about the rest of the applicants. Good luck SL.

  • on October 10, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    It has to be flemming or please dont even think of the knockouts stage in WC2015

  • Anwar-Lara on October 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    It has to be Stephen Fleming... what a cricketing brain this guy have..

  • VVSR92 on October 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Fleming as a full time coach looks a distant possibility. Fleming is a great coach and would bring valuable to any side. If he is interested in coaching sl he would be miles ahead of any other contendors. Now it seems that fabrice the former assistant coach and shane duff are leading favourites to secure the job.However it is important sl appoint a coach who is capable enough to ensure sl poses title challenge to wc in aus & moreover who can efficiently manage the transition of nucleus of side from likes of mahela & sanga to younger generation players after the world cup.The process that are implemented in following couple of years could have a massive impact on the future of cricket in sl.

  • Wolverine77 on October 9, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    It has to be Stephen Fleming....

  • issawee on October 8, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    flemming is the ideal candidate.. since we are having the next world cup in ausi/NZ conditions..he will be a great asset to Srilankan cricket..

  • on October 8, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Did anyone from SLC tried approaching Rahul Dravid for the job????

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on October 8, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    it should be Felming. SL crciket team earned considerable success against aussies,england because of Ford and other overseas coaches but failures against Ind ia.so if fleming know some weak points of Indians as a Chennai Head Coach. who suggested Local Head Coach should know every time there was a Local Coach SL defeat to infinity and political came inside Cricket Team. eg:Roy Dias 1999. even current SLteam some players may not accept wording of Local Coach like Ruwan Kalpage and Hathuru who were unsuccessful of their time.

  • on October 8, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I think Stephen Fleming applying for the job is a joke. Either SLC has asked him to come in (Which is a good thing) Or SLC is lying to the general public...

    As Dave Burrow said, last year October, Fleming said "I get my cricket fix doing this," he told ESPNcricinfo. "And then I am just enjoying living a normal life. With all the travelling I did as a player, it's nice to just have a normal life. It's great to be able to do this for a few weeks a year but that is it."

    Good if Fleming accept the challenge but highly unlikely. Why can't SL appoint a former great players like Aravinda de Silva, Wettimuny, Roy Dias, Duleep Mendis, Ranjan Madugalle or even Arjuna Ranatunga as head coach?

  • on October 8, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    sri lanka has a good fast bowling coach ie chaminda vass. I think we must hire dav what more again coz he has proved twice as asri lankan head coach and currently pak players dont like him coz they cannot understand english. but our players would be able to learn a lot from him. dev was sanga and mahel's coach at the beginning of their careers. at that time sanga was an ordinary player during the 2003 world cup but he matured in to a world class through proper guidence and technique no doubt given by the international experiance and hard work. i see dimuth as a prospect for sanga rather than thirimanne and ashan priyanjan as a long term mahela. dont need to back always chandimal and thiri we have lot more talented players

  • Cricfacts on October 7, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    It has to be Flemming. He has a great record with CSK. He was also appointed captain of NZ at 23, which showed the selectors saw something special in him.. He went on to deliver on their expectation having turn a modest NZ side into a very competitive team.. And we all saw the decline in NZ cricket after he retire..

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    I don't think Fleming applied for the coach, its just that SLC is approaching him.

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Hate to burst a lot of bubbles, but I'd be surprised to see Stephen Fleming take up the reins, as he has stated he has no intentions of coaching at an international level due to the schedule and time away from home.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2012/content/story/586532.html

  • on October 7, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Stop Joking about Chandika Hathurusinghe, here was a match BUNNY for Allan Donald ( Chandika Hathurusinghe - C wessels B Donald 0) (1992 SA s SL series)

  • on October 7, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Select Stephan Flemmings as our coach SLC

  • Z.Saleem on October 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Fleming will be ideal for Sri Lanka team!

  • on October 7, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Stephen Fleming Seriously ,,,He is the best person,we've seen his capabilities in CSK Lets get him for Coach post.

  • CRmadrid on October 7, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    A role of a cricket coach has dramatically been changed over the years. He no longer teaches players how to bat or bowl. He's more of visionary, a tactician & a motivator nowadays. And in order to accomplish that you need to have a good sports education background, international exposure & awareness. So as many people here suggest; x players in SL would not fall in to that category. Instead Sri Lankan might benefit more from an Internationally experienced coach.

  • kaviF on October 7, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Sa'adi Thawfeeq has mistaken the date. the application period ends at midnight October 7th. So there's a couple of hours left to apply..

  • on October 7, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    My opinion is to have a foreign coach to our team. Experience should be the advantage. But he should be flexible with local assistant coaches. Among those applications, the best person is NZ 's former captain Stephen Fleming. While we are watching his matches we observed some good qualities from him. Skills wise he is perfect. I think he will direct our team like Dev did in 1996.

  • Weeramuni on October 7, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    i really suggest stephan flemming , he young / talent / matured / modern strategy / personal identification skill / international experience (more than 100 test , above 200 score ) / ..this man will be goal achiever

  • Prabhash1985 on October 7, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Fleming for sure :D Great!!! Have no words to hear that Fleming has applied! How nice it will be if he becomes our team's coach! A great man, and the successful coach in CSK. A very straight forward person, who can handle any leadership nicely, and smoothly.

  • TheBlackMonk on October 7, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Srilanka domestically producing some quality coaches, I know they have really instrumental in developing youths of Bangladesh time to time, and some are still working. I reckon it's time to put some trust on the local and see how it works.

  • Number1CricketFan on October 7, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    I reckon Jacob oram should coach them. thoughts everyone?

  • on October 7, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Ha ha ha @ tharsan1499: Couldn't agree more! but seriously, I think it should be stephen fleming. He did well as NZ captain and look where CSK are now. He will take this SL unit to new heights.

  • tharsan1499 on October 7, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    My choice is Mahinda Rajapakse

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Aravinda de silva,Chandika Hathurusinghe,Roy Dias... no body keep better attention on these fellows. Roy has done a brilliant job with Nepal,We knw who the man Hathurusinghe is. Aravinda is a better one tooo. If SLC is going to seek for a new coach better takeing a look at these people too.cz they hv proven they are worthy. With these people I recon Fleming wd be a better choice .He had a brilliant number of seasons with CSK too

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Rather going for a foreigner, local coach would do a better job. Hence go for a local guy.

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Stephan Flaming is my Choice, he got great leadership qualities....

  • asithaSL on October 7, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Fleming is someone who got heaps of experience as a Captain n also good batsmen against both spin & pace, So seems like ideal replacement for Ford. Hopefully, we can win some finals with Fleming... :)

  • on October 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    My money will be on Stephen Fleming

  • goldeneye075 on October 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    If I am correct there is only 5 applicants ;Paul Farbrace,Shane Duff , Ruwan Kalpage, Peter Moores, Stephen Fleming ;-) So who is the sixth person in the list ? so who is the 6th applicant ?

  • on October 7, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Great coach shouldn,t be a great player even Sachin wasn't a great captain, so ven fleming couldn't face Vaas wouldn't be a problem for being a good coach

  • on October 7, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    stephen fleming is my choice..

  • tiger1984 on October 7, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    get a local legend ............no more foreigners

  • on October 7, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Flemming is the ideal choice ...

  • on October 7, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Greg Shipperd/Tom Moody will good too....

  • on October 7, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Tom moody/stephen fleming...team up as coachs...leading up to WC..short contract deal...

  • PadMarley on October 7, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    If I vote purely based on mindset of what I have seen of them as players of past, my vote goes for Stephen Fleming [Assuming her is able to transfer it as a coach]. His mindset and captaincy managed to topple mighty Aussies in their peak few times, thats what SL needs!!!! A champions mindset!!

  • on October 7, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    No hesitation. should be Stephen Fleming.. He is a full hearted cricketer all time. Talented batsman & good captain. Specially I think our batsmen should improve more & fleming is the IDEAL person for that.

  • on October 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    I will go for Fleming too. He's the only one I know well in that list of probable.

  • Htc-Android on October 6, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I would go for Trevor Bayliss. He used to be our coach till the 2011 world cup and also we had some succes under him like No.2 rating in test cricket and the 2011 and 2009 World cup finals. So he will be our 1st choice. Next will be Fleming.

  • on October 6, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    need some one different . fleming is my first choice and paul and ruwan respectively. i guess ruwan should remain same post as it is. see how it goes

  • diyagama on October 6, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Flemming will never want to coach SL team. It is not that he does not like SL cricket team but the politics in SL cricket administration which he cannot stand. Sri Lanka will never ever get a reputed foreign coach again to coach SL team. The best option is to try Chandika Hatu if he wants to join. I doubt he wants it too.

  • Nuwan_R on October 6, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Disappointed to see Chandika Hathurusinghe not on the list. I guess Cricket Australia has given him a great job now, he doesn't want to throw that away, especially considering how SLC tends to muddle things up.

  • on October 6, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    letz..consider moores as well.. his sttats are gud

  • Daveptee on October 6, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Tom Moody again......but he needs to apply first

  • on October 6, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Just after reading this article, my choice was Fleming and then I scrolled further down and almost every body suggesting him...Oh girls also get things right in Cricket at times...

  • TheUltimateTruth on October 6, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Mihil Ranathunga, I agree as head coach Flemming would have to deal with a lot of Vaas deliveries. I hope SLC look past Flemming and leave him open for a job in India.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Stephen Fleming should be a good chioce. He has been excellent with CSK.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I thing Stephen Fleming he is correct men in srilanka head coach

  • InsideHedge on October 6, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    I wouldn't call Dav Whamore a "local". For all intents and purposes, he's an Aussie. So when was the last time Lanka appointed a local coach? Now would be a good time, they must have plenty of good candidates. The last few foreign coaches haven't really worked. While Lanka continue to be major contenders in world limited overs tournaments, they under perform at Test level.

  • DwightR on October 6, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Stephen Fleming seems like a good choice....world class player & leader during his playing days, only 40 so he understands modern cricket and although its not at the international level he coaches a winning club with a winning mentality.

  • usernames on October 6, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Get Greg Chappell, please.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @mihil ranathunga..your ignorance is astounding..juts coz he got out few times to vass so stephen fleming can't be a good coach..you are joking right ?

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    fleming was best....he is doing well with csk also..also a vry best player...

  • mensan on October 6, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Give Kalpage a chance as a local.

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Stephen Fleming has done a great job for Chennai Super Kings. And he scored a double century against Murali and Vaas on a tour to SL. Don't really know much about Moores though. And please don't appoint a local coach. There will be too many "non cricketing factors" that influence him.

  • Niketh2000 on October 6, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Stephen Fleming for all that counts...

  • KingOwl on October 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Peter Moores did nothing for England. Ruwan Kalpage is a talented coach, but a local man will get overwhelmed by politics. Farbrace may be fine, but Duff, the former trainer? Not sure about him. Fleming is the high flyer and sometimes you need a high flyer in your corner because coaching a national team these days is a lot more than having coaching ability.

  • Karnain on October 6, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    I'd go for Stephen Fleming!

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Stephen Fleming for the coach? He was a great player in NZ standards but his vulnerability to Vass's opening deliveries was legendary and still is.

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Stephen Fleming for the coach? He was a great player in NZ standards but his vulnerability to Vass's opening deliveries was legendary and still is.

  • Karnain on October 6, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    I'd go for Stephen Fleming!

  • KingOwl on October 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Peter Moores did nothing for England. Ruwan Kalpage is a talented coach, but a local man will get overwhelmed by politics. Farbrace may be fine, but Duff, the former trainer? Not sure about him. Fleming is the high flyer and sometimes you need a high flyer in your corner because coaching a national team these days is a lot more than having coaching ability.

  • Niketh2000 on October 6, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Stephen Fleming for all that counts...

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Stephen Fleming has done a great job for Chennai Super Kings. And he scored a double century against Murali and Vaas on a tour to SL. Don't really know much about Moores though. And please don't appoint a local coach. There will be too many "non cricketing factors" that influence him.

  • mensan on October 6, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Give Kalpage a chance as a local.

  • on October 6, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    fleming was best....he is doing well with csk also..also a vry best player...

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @mihil ranathunga..your ignorance is astounding..juts coz he got out few times to vass so stephen fleming can't be a good coach..you are joking right ?

  • usernames on October 6, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Get Greg Chappell, please.

  • DwightR on October 6, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Stephen Fleming seems like a good choice....world class player & leader during his playing days, only 40 so he understands modern cricket and although its not at the international level he coaches a winning club with a winning mentality.