Sri Lanka news April 25, 2014

Marvan Atapattu appointed Sri Lanka head coach

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Marvan Atapattu has been named Sri Lanka's interim head coach, following the resignation of Paul Farbrace earlier this week. Ruwan Kalpage, Sri Lanka's fielding coach and former offspinner, has been appointed his assistant. The appointments were for Sri Lanka's upcoming tour of the Ireland and England as well as the home series against South Africa to follow, SLC confirmed on Friday.

Atapattu had applied for the head coach position when Graham Ford had announced he would vacate the job, and had progressed to the final round of interviews in November, before Farbrace was appointed. Atapattu has been Sri Lanka's batting coach since for three years, and had been assistant coach since March 2013.

He has earned a reputation for his technical acumen - as a coach, as he had been as a player - but he was deemed unready for head coach role late last year. Both Farbrace and Ford, however, have publicly lauded his work ethic.

The appointments had been made on the recommendations of a three-man coach selection committee, which consists of chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne, and cricket committee chairman Ranjit Fernando. In the days following Farbrace's departure Jayasuriya had issued strong signals Atapattu would be named interim coach, as the fast-approaching tour did not allow SLC enough time to make a more permanent appointment.

"We should look to give responsibility to Marvan, because he's been around for a few years," Jayasuriya had said. "The bowling and fielding coaches will also have to take a lot of responsibility."

Among the most difficult aspects of Atapattu's job will be devising an effective strategy against an opponent who now possesses intimate knowledge of Sri Lanka's strengths, weaknesses and team dynamics, thanks to Farbrace's appointment as England assistant coach. Sri Lanka have not won a Test in England since 2006, but this tour represents a good opportunity to improve that record, while England themselves seek to rebuild after a disastrous winter.

"Farbrace knows inside out about Sri Lanka's cricketers, and that's the biggest challenge for us," Jayasuriya said. "He knows our batsmen and bowlers from top to bottom, and what we have been discussing in the last four or five months. I hope Marvan, Ruwan, the bowling coach can do a lot of work with the senior cricketers and come out of this situation."

The ODIs in the tour are also a vital step en route to the 2015 World Cup, as Sri Lanka do not play outside Asia for six months, following that series. The team leaves the country on May 2, to play two ODIs in Dublin, before moving on to three practice matches in England.

Sri Lanka play four Tests, ten ODIs and a T20 international in their two upcoming series. The trip to England is the most important away tour in the year, before their most high-profile home-assignment, against the top-ranked Test team, begins in July.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • RohanMarkJay on April 27, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Yes I agree with some comments about surprise that Jayasuriya thinks Farbace knows inside out of Sri Lankan team. Farbace was only in the job for 3 months, and he was assistant coach before. Lets not forget Sri Lanka has reached the final of major tournaments before under Moody and Bayliss, Farbace and won under Whatmore. Lets get one thing straight its because of the inherent cricket talent of Sri Lankan cricketers that Sri Lanka did well the coaches more or less were in it for the ride. Its because Sri Lankan cricketers were comfortable under these foreign coaches and allowed to play their natural game and express themselves. However these coaches especially Farbace has benefited enormously from the natural cricketing talent of Sri Lanka. Talent is not something that can be coached. No doubt Sri Lanka has been very beneficial to Paul Farbace's career else he would have been a little known coach plugging away in the English County System. Sri Lanka should employ their own coaches.

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    congratulations....mavan atapaththu....show your colurs...

  • on April 27, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    I guess it is good decision to bring Attapattu on the field.

  • lankalions123 on April 27, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    I think this is a better choice than wasting money for foriegn coaches. Marvan has the oppurtunity to now show what he can do. I think the players will all support him too.

  • VinothSam on April 27, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    What's the point of having foreign coachers for us? We have quality heroes like Marvan, Vassi, Sana, Kalu, Murali and many more. We would have done this long time ago. I'm glad that we finally did it.

  • MH19 on April 27, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    I always thought a foreign coach is always a must for SL. Now that Marvan has got the opportunity i am sure he will prove his mantle as a good coach and worth trying him out. The English tour results will be evaluated against his performance as a head coach.He has gone through Ford and Farbrace and also as a player with Whatmore,Moody,Yardley and CO so should be good

  • crimsonbull on April 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    SL cricket like Pak Cricket and BCCI (India) is in freefall.All three boards need to rethink and modernize.

  • SLC-2020 on April 26, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Being openers during their time, Marvan & Jaya should be able to recognize the immediate need of an experienced, technically sound young opener to partner Dilshan right now & carry forward to the future with Thiri (when the imminent triple blow strikes in near future)! As we have seen in many occasions during the past year, virtually Sanga had to do the openers role on every fast track! The gate was opened within the first few overs due to lack of technicality to survive at one end. This is Kusal's record on fast tracks as an opener: 0 Runs -1 Balls v NZ -Cardiff -9/06/13- 6 R -10 B -v Eng- The Oval-13/06/13- 4 R-2 B -v Aus-The Oval -17/06/13- 4 R-10 B -v India -Cardiff -20/06/13- 2 R-1 B -v India -Port of Spain -11/07/13 Even in T20, we clearly saw what happened in the two occasions that he had to face a spinner & a rare bouncy condition in Chittagong. You cannot expect nothing more from a guy with 90% of the shots limited to just a SLOG (swing across the line to the cow corner)!

  • Charindra on April 26, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    We should give Marvan a chance to prove himself. If in about 4 months the results aren't positive or improving, maybe revert to a foreign coach. Best of luck Marvi :)

  • on April 26, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Sri Lankas weakness hitherto has been the lack of mental strength,or motivation to raise their game at critical situation. That is the reason we lost three finals.Perhaps we have overcome that now.The biggest challenge to Marvan will be to sustain the levels of motivation and the development of Mental strengths of the players .Can he also raise Chandimal from the present state of lack of confidence in his ability.? He is a good player but there must be self discipline and should play the right shot at the right time

  • RohanMarkJay on April 27, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Yes I agree with some comments about surprise that Jayasuriya thinks Farbace knows inside out of Sri Lankan team. Farbace was only in the job for 3 months, and he was assistant coach before. Lets not forget Sri Lanka has reached the final of major tournaments before under Moody and Bayliss, Farbace and won under Whatmore. Lets get one thing straight its because of the inherent cricket talent of Sri Lankan cricketers that Sri Lanka did well the coaches more or less were in it for the ride. Its because Sri Lankan cricketers were comfortable under these foreign coaches and allowed to play their natural game and express themselves. However these coaches especially Farbace has benefited enormously from the natural cricketing talent of Sri Lanka. Talent is not something that can be coached. No doubt Sri Lanka has been very beneficial to Paul Farbace's career else he would have been a little known coach plugging away in the English County System. Sri Lanka should employ their own coaches.

  • on April 27, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    congratulations....mavan atapaththu....show your colurs...

  • on April 27, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    I guess it is good decision to bring Attapattu on the field.

  • lankalions123 on April 27, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    I think this is a better choice than wasting money for foriegn coaches. Marvan has the oppurtunity to now show what he can do. I think the players will all support him too.

  • VinothSam on April 27, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    What's the point of having foreign coachers for us? We have quality heroes like Marvan, Vassi, Sana, Kalu, Murali and many more. We would have done this long time ago. I'm glad that we finally did it.

  • MH19 on April 27, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    I always thought a foreign coach is always a must for SL. Now that Marvan has got the opportunity i am sure he will prove his mantle as a good coach and worth trying him out. The English tour results will be evaluated against his performance as a head coach.He has gone through Ford and Farbrace and also as a player with Whatmore,Moody,Yardley and CO so should be good

  • crimsonbull on April 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    SL cricket like Pak Cricket and BCCI (India) is in freefall.All three boards need to rethink and modernize.

  • SLC-2020 on April 26, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Being openers during their time, Marvan & Jaya should be able to recognize the immediate need of an experienced, technically sound young opener to partner Dilshan right now & carry forward to the future with Thiri (when the imminent triple blow strikes in near future)! As we have seen in many occasions during the past year, virtually Sanga had to do the openers role on every fast track! The gate was opened within the first few overs due to lack of technicality to survive at one end. This is Kusal's record on fast tracks as an opener: 0 Runs -1 Balls v NZ -Cardiff -9/06/13- 6 R -10 B -v Eng- The Oval-13/06/13- 4 R-2 B -v Aus-The Oval -17/06/13- 4 R-10 B -v India -Cardiff -20/06/13- 2 R-1 B -v India -Port of Spain -11/07/13 Even in T20, we clearly saw what happened in the two occasions that he had to face a spinner & a rare bouncy condition in Chittagong. You cannot expect nothing more from a guy with 90% of the shots limited to just a SLOG (swing across the line to the cow corner)!

  • Charindra on April 26, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    We should give Marvan a chance to prove himself. If in about 4 months the results aren't positive or improving, maybe revert to a foreign coach. Best of luck Marvi :)

  • on April 26, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Sri Lankas weakness hitherto has been the lack of mental strength,or motivation to raise their game at critical situation. That is the reason we lost three finals.Perhaps we have overcome that now.The biggest challenge to Marvan will be to sustain the levels of motivation and the development of Mental strengths of the players .Can he also raise Chandimal from the present state of lack of confidence in his ability.? He is a good player but there must be self discipline and should play the right shot at the right time

  • Metro-ant on April 26, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    It could work but I think generally still a foreign coach is better when you leave skills aside. I am excited at the thought of Marvan being head coach mentoring Thirimanne but I fear conflicts with former players if he gets the full time gig. No one can ever really question selections being more outstation schools or more colombo or more private etc with a foreign coach. That is the unfortunate circumstance Marvan might be put under especially being an Anandian (not that he deserves it).

  • on April 26, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Who is likely to know more about an individual cricketer's weakness(es), the coach or the batsman or bowler? At this level of the game, it is imperative that cricketer's work to improve their strengths and try eliminate their weaknesses. Sri Lanka are a very talented and capable cricket team. The players need encouragement and advice from those who have the experience. The fans too must take a Q from the Bangladesh fans. Support the game. Your team cannot win every single game. Important too that Cricket Officials work hard on keeping cricket-politics out of the game.

  • on April 26, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    @vkias: its your Captain who gives all the reasons. And its actually you guys always try to prove India is better. We don't need to compare because we don't actually care about your team. Whats the use of comparing with a team who try all kind of jugglery to somehow win. But the funny thing is that they still get smashed.

  • Herath-UK on April 26, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    More than the coach I hope Jayasuriya will hang around with the team during the the England tour in the selector's capacity.

  • on April 26, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    All the best Marvan.......another Anandian.....wow....

  • Htc-Android on April 26, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @vkia. Still losing 2-0 is better than losing 5-0. Even if u win one that doesnt mean you are a good team in overseas wickets. If you play 5 tests then there is always a chance of winning or drawing one game.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on April 26, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    SL had no option other than selecting Marvan as a Head Coach. So they did that bitter choice. Marvan former caption and stylish batmen and technically sound player saw very little field of coaching.normally negative thinker,consolidate approach has big challenge to keep SL world cup momentum going.

  • vkumar_086 on April 26, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @Tharanga De Alwis....real champion teams wont say any excuses like we are playing in night, we are playing in winter, we are playing in summer etc....on seeing the current test sotuation of SL....i have gut feeling that SL team will get whitewash..dont forget we won Champions Trophy in 2013 in England and beating the same team with young and inexperienced team...will see mate, who are the better performers and i hope after losing you wont give any reasons

  • on April 26, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Why are you guys having useless verbal battles, goes to show the reactive mood of most of you. Marvan is the best choice and with Mahela, and Sangha he can form the triangle that will brow beat Poms. Poms are at this moment down the pipe and no amount of Farbace in my opinion will not change the situation. No longer they have Peterson, Trott, Swan who are match winners. Let time tell the whole story.

  • SLfan on April 26, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    @ Chinthaka_Dassanayake - Marvan Atapattu an unsuccessful captain ??? What on earth are you talking about ? Get your facts right before making comments...He was the best ODI captain of the year back in year 2005. See : http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/image/221666.html?object=48124;page=4

    May be he was bit diffensive as a batsman. But the sametime he was very reliable and his ODI average proves that !

  • ThatsJustCricket on April 26, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Best of luck, Marvan. About time SL appointed a local as head coach.

  • on April 26, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Can guess why SLC board selected marvan as coach ?? There is no need to pay coach as well and as it is duty for the country :-)

  • nickexplore on April 26, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Marvan Atapattu and Ruwan Kalpage. And to Sanath and his coach-selection team for moving quickly and decisively at a difficult time. Alas by jumping ship, Paul Farbrace has missed a golden opportunity to further enhance his coaching CV and reputation. WT20 and Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka are certainly one of the favourites for the 2015 World Cup, and a baton change from Farbrace to Atapattu will not harm their chances.

  • on April 25, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    @vkias: I know its difficult to explain someone like you who doesn't understand the game of cricket but provide jokes on and off. But there could be many people in your country who understand that SL play only 2 matches and that will be in spring In Engalnd. India will play 5 matches and in middle of summer. So who got the better conditions? out of those 5 there could be a rain affected game which could survive your team from an obvious defeat. But you will start bragging that it wasn't a whitewash. The last Indian tours to AUs, Eng,SA,NZ all WHITEWASHES. So there is no worse result that SL could get. Please support your team to avoid whitewashes and we'll take care of our Asian and T20 champion team.

  • bootlicker on April 25, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    "Among Atapattu's major challenges will be accounting for the knowledge England already possess of the Sri Lanka team, through Paul Farbrace's England appointment "

    Pathetic ECB msut be thinking that they won the "toss" by pulling Farbrace out before the series against SL. This kind of bullying should never be encouraged in cricket. ECB. mind you, this is a very bad show. When SL come and thrash you in your backyard, are you going to change the management and replace it with Giles again? Pathetic Losers!!!

  • anuradea on April 25, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Beating England in England in the early summer is one of the most challenging task any team would face as it is a near impossible task. Especially for the teams from the sub continent. The moving ball in the air and off the wicket is tough on the batsmen and finding the correct length to bowl will be a tough task for the bowlers. As for the fielders the ball hitting cold hands is the biggest issue and everyone has to worry about injuries due to the cold weather for being not properly stretched and warmed up. Considering all these it is a tough tour and SL will do well to come out of it with a few wins. SL has the talent to win in England, but the experience in playing in these conditions is the challenge. The seniors who have played in England before will have to perform and protect the others until they find their feet in these conditions. As I have mentioned before we should send our youngsters to play even league cricket in England regularly so that they can be ready.

  • santhoo24 on April 25, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    my hearty congrats to Atapattu for him being appointed as SL's head coach. Shmae on ECB for the way they poached SL's head coach. Good luck to the SL team for their Eng tour. To some of SL fans upset at comments made by couple of my fellow Indian compatriots, I hope you can understand how it feels when fans from other nations make stupid comments about your national team. My advice to you stop making dumb/derogatory comments about other nation's teams.

  • vkumar_086. on April 25, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka can thrash England into pieces for sure. In 2006 the result in ODIs was 5-0 as shown by the ease at which Sri Lanka achieved. It is nothing but a WHITEWASH for Sri Lanka indeed as England wont stand a chance against the Sri Lankan team. Sri Lanka are the world champions in T20 and Asian Champs too but jealous Indian fans cant admit and accept the fact that Sri Lanka can win matches. Sri Lanka have won 9 ODIs in a row and by the end of the England tour it will be 16 ODI victories in a row. Kusal Perera will launch the massacre with blistering tons.

  • on April 25, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    I'm agree with this appointment for many reasons. 1. He was a player under great Arjuna Ranatunga so that he knew how to Boost players moral. 2. As former player sure he can remember the coaching methods used by Whatmore to Moody. 3. As a former captain he should remember where the things went wrong and where things reach success. 4. As an assistant coach he has seen what Baylis to Farbrace have done. 5. He was the player who had worst start to test cricket and who courageous to return and captain the side. So not only he can strengthen players mentally physically and technically but also formulate strategis and tactics to win matches.

  • Ramansilva on April 25, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    @Chinthaka_Dassanayake, Marvan Atapattu may be a defensive cricketer but not certainly an unsuccessful captain. Get your facts right. He has a decent record as a captain.

  • Edward_de_Coonghe on April 25, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    SLC chose Atapattu because they didn't have time to look for a foreign coach. But, Ata deserves it. He was a gentleman cricketer, technically sound and an amiable guy. Ruwan K complements him. From now on let our former greats coach our team. Local coaches understand the psyche of our players better.Let us build our team for the WC 2015.

  • FawltyBean on April 25, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    @vkias - Sri Lanka not touring India at this time, so what's the point of talking about Sri Lanka not winning in India now. Even with Farbrace as coach I wasn't expecting Sri Lanka to win in England. And India not going to win any either. These days no team win overseas, India's record especially is pathetic. England can't handle Australian and South African fast bowlers, but they don't have any issue playing SL and Indian medium pacers at home. India getting to play in the better part of the summer, SL at disadvantage there too.

  • vkumar_086 on April 25, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    @Tharanga De Alwis..dont forget dear SL is still to beat India in tests in India...this is not a joke....your team lost to England in T20 worldcup, now going to England to play with it...the result is obvious WHITEWASH

  • John_Geo on April 25, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    It would have been far better to play without a coach than to have Athapattu. Sorry, I am not convinced at all. I have my serious reservations about Athapattu's tactical and strategic skills. I only hope I am wrong.

  • SLMaster on April 25, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    @vkias...here comes the Indian Fans out....Indian cricket also got problems as well. Indian fans said the same when SL tour last time to ENG. result SL: 2-draw, 1-lost; India: 4-lost, 0-win/draw.

  • stormy16 on April 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Its time to get away from yet another "interim" appointment! SL have searched far and wide and Marvan was in the final two choice before Fabrace was brought in from no where. There is no point in another search as we just went through that and Marvan was one of two final choices. I reckon just give him the role and be done with it.

  • 6pack on April 25, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    time SL just went with local coaches... what's the obsession with foreign coaches anyway?? Locals will communicate FAR better with the players. Marvan is a great choice... I predict this will turn into a permanent appointment.

  • on April 25, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    @vkias: I thought your jokes were all over with losing to SL back to back. Now that you're back you can dream on. India will continue their white wash performance in England too!!!!

  • sanga2020 on April 25, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Srilanka always get UK tours early summer where it's not very hot,wet and the ball will seam and swing. When SL got the only chance to play a test in Aug 1998 they beat ENG easily. Basically..you cannot compare India playing in the heat of the summber and SL playing in the spring time. It is totally different conditions.

  • Sachit1979 on April 25, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    I think its a great choice. Atapattu is great batsman of his time and Kalpage was very good utility all rounder. He had capabilities to bowl tidy overs, hit the ball out of the park and field like a live wire. Had he been in this era of Cricket, he would have been very good t20 player. But anyways their skills and experience would definitely be very useful for Lanka. Good luck to both of them.

  • shakeena on April 25, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    ahh still remember the beauty of your cover drive Marvan,How the bat swing around your head as the follow up. May Allah bless Magnificent Mravan our new head coach with Ruwan & vass. yeah and my little bro asks why we need foreign coaches when we have Sanga, Maaly & Herath in the team :)

  • on April 25, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    hi, this is a great article

  • Mutukisna on April 25, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Get your facts right! Sri Lanka have beaten England twice since 2006 - In December 2007 Kandy Test and in March 2012 Galle Test.

  • Chinthaka_Dassanayake on April 25, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    If SL takes a foreign coach it should be a really god one. No point in taking second XI coaches. If SL cannot afford a good foreign coach (because of gross financial mismanagement) then an SL coach would do. Marvan Atapattu is a very defensive man though (and was a very unsuccessful captain) and this can have an adverse effect.

  • mattband on April 25, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    It is time that SL takes care of it's own affairs. Best time to start afresh with a truly national coach! Congradulations to SL team and the management

  • SLMaster on April 25, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    One other comment for Farbrace, He has damaged his ethics. If ENG let go of him, I think any cricketing organization question him for ethics and responsibilities. I do not think we will get another International position.

  • SLMaster on April 25, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Congrats to new coaching team...I bet they will do good. We all SL privileged information is leaked and compromised. However, I do not think ENG will able to take the SL talent away. It is going to be slap in the face if ENG cannot produce good performance. Also, ICC should bring some rules stop such things happening in the future.

  • on April 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Ah what a great move. Paul is a good man, but lets face it. The reality is, it was a team effort that won us the two titles in Bangladesh. Paul has contributed, but Marvan has more exposure to International Cricket. Mark my word he will do a sterling job. Marvy as he is fondly known is one of a kind. Ruwan Kalpge as assistant coach will raise a few eye brows, anyway Marvan has another stalwart in Chaminda Vass, hence it's a breath of fresh air in the dressing room and in the nets

  • Ramansilva on April 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Marvan, Vaas, Ruwan are three specialists that the new breed of players can rely on. When they are coaching our team we may argue why we need a foreign coach. I think we still need a good sports psychology counseller for the team, preferably a foreigner. Sri Lanka has always done well in England even in pre-test days. The first test played at Lords in the first tour as a test playing nation is testimony to that. I am sure this team will carry on those good performances.

  • on April 25, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    we will see what happen.

  • rizwan1981 on April 25, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    venkat.bmw , yes , Sri Lanka may lose all its matches to the England Team , but then so did India even though they had the big 3 ( Tendulkar , Dravid and Laxman )

    As for the batting coach , Sri Lanka should ask BOYCOTT or Mark Ramprakahsh to help the batters in the early summer when the duke ball swing is more pronounced.

  • on April 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Congrats to Marvan, Kalpage. good move by SLC and selectors. Coaching team sure you guys can do better work than Fabrace because you know the SL players more than anyone else bcoz you are with them for years now. I agree with Appu Dasa's comments we have to do lot of class room work and need to change the tactics a bit ( which Fabrace dosn't know). with the current SL Team and their morale and belief after winning the world cup sure you can play well in IRE & ENG. ALL THE BEST LIONS.PROVE THAT YOU ARE PLAYING FOR THE COUNTRY ( which you guys are doing )

  • Mawali99 on April 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Though, my affiliation is with Pakistan but, a huge fan of Sri Lanka and may I add this is a great move. Marvan knows the game both as a player and a coach. Plus, he brings something that no foreign coach in my opinion can the intrinsic value of understanding the nuances. He will be able to relate to the players through a variety of ways and still impart top class knowledge and technique. Congratulations Marvan and Sri lanka alike!

  • on April 25, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    venkat- not sure , but definitely not like 8-0.LOL

  • Ellis on April 25, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    A well deserved appointment. Now SLC, allow Mr. Atapattu and his fellow coaches to get on with the job. Many of the Sri Lankan cricketers have been on the world scene long enough for opposition players and coaches to work out their strengths and weaknesses. The Farbrace departure does not impact that fact. This approach of suggesting Farbrace knows about SL players is an excuse in the making. The biggest weakness in SL cricket is in it's administration. Politicians and know it all executives interfere all the time. It is also a canard that Sanga, Mahela, and Dilshan, will make Mr. Atapattu's task very difficult. Those three will be a great help to him and the team. Let's get it on!

  • shajw on April 25, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka beat England in the first Test at Galle in March 2012...

  • Yasi_Gee on April 25, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Congratulations Mavan and good luck with the England tour. Sure we can beat them.

  • anver777 on April 25, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Hopefully Atapattu will do a better job, he had been always a technically correct bat, no wonder he will do the same as head coach for SL !!!!! Better days are ahead for SL cricket .....

  • on April 25, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Marvan's appointment is the correct move.He is one of the technicaly sound batsman during his playing days.Give the local guy a chance ,sure no regrets ,he will do the job.Ranjit too coached the national team before and did well. Good luck..Marvan.

  • on April 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @Appu dasa, are you forgetting the fact that he has been Sri Lanka assistant coach since 2007

  • venkat.bmw on April 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Srilanka will get whitewashed by England Easily ... No Coach can stop it !!!

  • on April 25, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Now we have a truly Sri Lankan team. Show your colours

  • on April 25, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Congratulation Marvan. Well done SL cricket.

  • SDeepalV on April 25, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Congrats to Marvan, who is from my hometown and played a bit together, before he moved to Colombo. Only worry is Marvi is a passive guy, hence the player power might be an issue. Anyways, the Coach is an individual outside the boundary and it is the eleven in the middle matters, not the officials. After all good moves on captains, vice captains and coaches. Change the game guys... DeepalV

  • on April 25, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    I am rather surprised about comments made by Jayasuriya that Farbace knows inside out about our team in just three months. Well if that is true then farbace must be a magician. But then again why did he stagnate in county cricket till the Sri Lanka appointment. Nobody unless unless with super natural powers can do so much in just such a short span of time. So my advice is please do not get cold feet just because the guy was here for three months and get on with planning for the tour. You need not only field work but classroom work too. Develop a comprehensive SWOT analysis fore all three formats, test 50 overs and T 20 games. Pinpoint the opportunities and work on strengths to harness them. You got to do the classroom work well in advance. Also plan out the Psychographics of each player based on what you know and bring the players into confidence with the knowledge. Then work with each player on his concerns and how to get about them. Stop talking and get to work.

  • PPMMSS on April 25, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Marven , sure you can show your class. congratulation

  • yorkslanka on April 25, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Good luck to Marvan, hope it goes well..the talent in the team is what we need as a core and that will keep us successful.

  • ajithabey on April 25, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Now that the coaches are appointed it is hoped that officials and players rally round them to achieve the desired results achieving a higher level of excellence in the future .

  • Dhushan on April 25, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    I'm sure Atapattu will do well. Along with Kalpage & Vaas at his side. Sri Lanka is a well oiled machine. If you show them the right direction I'm sure they'll perform. Coaches can come & go, but the team is more important. Come on you lads, do well & show the world what we're made of.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 25, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Lets do it for the country lads.

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  • THEBEAST7 on April 25, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Lets do it for the country lads.

  • Dhushan on April 25, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    I'm sure Atapattu will do well. Along with Kalpage & Vaas at his side. Sri Lanka is a well oiled machine. If you show them the right direction I'm sure they'll perform. Coaches can come & go, but the team is more important. Come on you lads, do well & show the world what we're made of.

  • ajithabey on April 25, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Now that the coaches are appointed it is hoped that officials and players rally round them to achieve the desired results achieving a higher level of excellence in the future .

  • yorkslanka on April 25, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Good luck to Marvan, hope it goes well..the talent in the team is what we need as a core and that will keep us successful.

  • PPMMSS on April 25, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Marven , sure you can show your class. congratulation

  • on April 25, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    I am rather surprised about comments made by Jayasuriya that Farbace knows inside out about our team in just three months. Well if that is true then farbace must be a magician. But then again why did he stagnate in county cricket till the Sri Lanka appointment. Nobody unless unless with super natural powers can do so much in just such a short span of time. So my advice is please do not get cold feet just because the guy was here for three months and get on with planning for the tour. You need not only field work but classroom work too. Develop a comprehensive SWOT analysis fore all three formats, test 50 overs and T 20 games. Pinpoint the opportunities and work on strengths to harness them. You got to do the classroom work well in advance. Also plan out the Psychographics of each player based on what you know and bring the players into confidence with the knowledge. Then work with each player on his concerns and how to get about them. Stop talking and get to work.

  • SDeepalV on April 25, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Congrats to Marvan, who is from my hometown and played a bit together, before he moved to Colombo. Only worry is Marvi is a passive guy, hence the player power might be an issue. Anyways, the Coach is an individual outside the boundary and it is the eleven in the middle matters, not the officials. After all good moves on captains, vice captains and coaches. Change the game guys... DeepalV

  • on April 25, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Congratulation Marvan. Well done SL cricket.

  • on April 25, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Now we have a truly Sri Lankan team. Show your colours

  • venkat.bmw on April 25, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Srilanka will get whitewashed by England Easily ... No Coach can stop it !!!