Sri Lanka news October 8, 2013

SLC to continue accepting applications for head coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket will continue to accept applications for the position of head coach, despite the deadline having been eclipsed, an official statement has said. The closing date for applications had initially been October 6, but the board has moved it after being informed that potential candidates could not submit their applications on time.

SLC said it has received 11 applications in total so far, eight of which are from foreign coaches.

"It was observed by the executive committee that there were several other interested parties who were deprived of submitting their applications due to time constraints," the release said. "Therefore, it was requested by the executive committee to explore the possibility of obtaining applications from the interested parties prior to evaluating the applications received."

Ranjit Fernando will head the committee which evaluates the applications, with secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, acting CEO Ashley de Silva, head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne and vice president Mohan de Silva, comprising the remainder of the committee.

ESPNcricinfo understands that former assistant coach Paul Farbrace, current fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage and former trainer Shane Duff are among the applicants.

Current coach Graham Ford will vacate the post due to family reasons when his contract expires in January, leaving the team in the hands of a new coach in the year leading up to the 2015 World Cup.