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Six applicants for Sri Lanka head coach job

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

October 6, 2013

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Paul Farbrace's stint as Sri Lanka's assistant coach has come to an end, Sri Lanka v India, Compaq Cup, final, Colombo, September 14, 2009
Paul Farbrace is believed to be among the candidates © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

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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Posted by   on (October 10, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

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

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (October 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Wolverine77 on (October 9, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

It has to be Stephen Fleming....

Posted by 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..

Posted by   on (October 8, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

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

Posted by 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 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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by   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

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