Sri Lanka news April 28, 2014

Chris Adams to work with Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Former Surrey coach Chris Adams has been appointed as a consultant for Sri Lanka for their upcoming tour of England. SLC had conducted a search for a coach with English experience since losing Paul Farbrace's services last week, and have settled on Adams, who played 331 first-class matches, scoring 48 hundreds, in addition to his five Tests and five ODIs.

The appointment was made on the recommendation of a three-man panel comprising chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne and chairman of the cricket committee Ranjit Fernando - the same trio that had also recommended Marvan Atapattu be appointed interim coach.

Both the consultant and interim coach appointments were rubber-stamped by the SLC executive committee on Monday, an official release said. Ruwan Kalpage's interim role as assistant coach was also confirmed until the end of South Africa's July tour of Sri Lanka.

"Chris can give us lot of tactical input as to how the wickets will play and more importantly on the opposition players," Jayasuriya told The Island. "He has been in the English system for quite a long time and he can offer us lot of things throughout the tour.

"Guys like Marvan, Ruwan and Chaminda Vaas, who are in our coaching staff will benefit by his presence. Vaasy is a guy who has lot of experience of English conditions having played numerous seasons of county cricket, and we can't forget that too."

Adams had become Surrey coach in 2008, but a poor start to the 2013 county season following a string of mediocre results in previous years, contributed to his mid-season removal. Sri Lanka's former coach Graham Ford eventually replaced him, after Alec Stewart had borne the coach role temporarily in 2013.

One of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year in 2004, Adams had been a highly successful captain at Sussex, whom he led to their first County Championship title in 2003, then again in 2006 and 2007, as well as to limited-overs titles. Known for his bruising strokeplay, Adams had hit 19,535 first-class runs at 38.68.

He will be hoping to help Sri Lanka outwit an England side coached by Peter Moores who Adams formed a strong partnership with at Sussex as captain and coach. Moores, subsequently also a Championship winner with Lancashire, was reappointed as England coach last week - having previously held that position between 2007 and 2009.

Sri Lanka will hope Adams' local knowledge, gleaned over 20 years as a player and five as a coach, will aid them in their travels, particularly in the Tests at Lords and Headingley. They play one T20I, five ODIs and two Tests against England, starting on May 22.

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  • countjimmoriarty on April 29, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Didn't think SL were that desperate...

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    good move. but wrong choice,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 29, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I think it is a good move. Sanath is doing a wonderful job. We need to send fast bowlers to NZ/Aus to play provincial/state level to get familiar with conditions before the WC.

  • cric1965 on April 29, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Good Move. Considering world cup in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka should appoint a Australian consultant to gain more about aussie conditions.

  • rizwan1981 on April 29, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka's Achilles heel in England , SA and down under has always been the batting - Even Mahela and Sanga average less than 40 in these countries .

    The selectors should attempt to hire a BATTING COACH rather than someone who is good at fielding drills- Geoff BOYCOTT , Barry Richards or Mark Ramprakash would have been a much better choice.

  • YorkshirePudding on April 29, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    @Pri Kand, while Vaas may have knowledge of the conditions, it wont be the same as the local knowledge that an English coach can produce, especially the analysis of the England squad. Also pitches change, over time, so someone with recent knowledge is better than someone that hasn't played in England some years.

  • CUPULW on April 29, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    The most compelling issue for Sri Lanka on this tour will be how the weather behaves. Officially the English summer is scheduled to start on 21st June (SUMMER SOLSTICE). SL play T20 & ODI matches from 13/05 - 03/06 and then tests, 12-16 and 20-24 June.

  • Nutcutlet on April 29, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    This is actually a shrewd appointment. Chris Adams has a wealth of current knowledge about the game in England and the players England is likely to select in the upcoming series. Besides this, he can be a useful go-to for the day-to-day logistics of the tour.

  • yorkslanka on April 29, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    guys read the article, Adams has been brought in as a consultant NOT the coach. I assume he will be there purely to give an insight into the England players in terms of strengths and weaknesses and also the differences in the wickets from each of the venues..

  • birkat on April 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    IMHO I think this is a bad move. It is sort of a knee jerk reaction to the Farbrace leaving drama. To an extent I agree with Pri Kand, but also feel that if we really need to get a consultant it should be someone like Andy Flower or Even Graham Ford. We shouldn't have gone for a Surrey discard who couldn't even do a good job with a county team.

  • countjimmoriarty on April 29, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Didn't think SL were that desperate...

  • on April 29, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    good move. but wrong choice,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 29, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I think it is a good move. Sanath is doing a wonderful job. We need to send fast bowlers to NZ/Aus to play provincial/state level to get familiar with conditions before the WC.

  • cric1965 on April 29, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Good Move. Considering world cup in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka should appoint a Australian consultant to gain more about aussie conditions.

  • rizwan1981 on April 29, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka's Achilles heel in England , SA and down under has always been the batting - Even Mahela and Sanga average less than 40 in these countries .

    The selectors should attempt to hire a BATTING COACH rather than someone who is good at fielding drills- Geoff BOYCOTT , Barry Richards or Mark Ramprakash would have been a much better choice.

  • YorkshirePudding on April 29, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    @Pri Kand, while Vaas may have knowledge of the conditions, it wont be the same as the local knowledge that an English coach can produce, especially the analysis of the England squad. Also pitches change, over time, so someone with recent knowledge is better than someone that hasn't played in England some years.

  • CUPULW on April 29, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    The most compelling issue for Sri Lanka on this tour will be how the weather behaves. Officially the English summer is scheduled to start on 21st June (SUMMER SOLSTICE). SL play T20 & ODI matches from 13/05 - 03/06 and then tests, 12-16 and 20-24 June.

  • Nutcutlet on April 29, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    This is actually a shrewd appointment. Chris Adams has a wealth of current knowledge about the game in England and the players England is likely to select in the upcoming series. Besides this, he can be a useful go-to for the day-to-day logistics of the tour.

  • yorkslanka on April 29, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    guys read the article, Adams has been brought in as a consultant NOT the coach. I assume he will be there purely to give an insight into the England players in terms of strengths and weaknesses and also the differences in the wickets from each of the venues..

  • birkat on April 29, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    IMHO I think this is a bad move. It is sort of a knee jerk reaction to the Farbrace leaving drama. To an extent I agree with Pri Kand, but also feel that if we really need to get a consultant it should be someone like Andy Flower or Even Graham Ford. We shouldn't have gone for a Surrey discard who couldn't even do a good job with a county team.

  • Maiyaboy on April 29, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Good move Sanath. We do need help from someone who knows the conditions in England.Specially at a time when the blue print of our team in on England's table.Hope everyone can remember what the Kiwi bowlers did to us at home after recruiting Vassy as their bowling consultant.GO LIONS GO......

  • Udendra on April 29, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    So if he's successful, appoint him as SL coach?

  • on April 29, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    I, for once, was waiting for the challenge. Local coaches against ex-coach English ++ English and was pretty confident of positive results. Now, I am a bit disappointed.

  • on April 29, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Good move by SLC to quickly find another foreign coach to replace Farbrace. While I'm sure Marvan would make a fine coach there is no doubt we need to learn from the experience, knowledge and skills of a foreign coach in order to be competitive at the highest level. Locally we simply don't have that kind of expertise yet and if we are to be a competitive unit we need to be abreast of the latest training methods, skills and knowledge which only an international coach can provide.

  • on April 29, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Sanath is doing a wonderful job with his selections. Bold moves never associated with SLC before. No doubt that we need good preparations to face English conditions.

  • on April 28, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    I am confused.I thought Vass has enough experiance in England.It is always our fast bowlers who struggle in England. Batsmen somehow survive.Therefore when Vass is along the side cannot understand the logic behind this move.You don't need to be English to know English conditions.We would have gone with Marvan and Vassy to show our colours. What ever comes up now goes to this chap .

  • on April 28, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Good choice by SLC , If things go right he might be able to be the coach of SLC , unless ECB wants him too :P

  • SLMaster on April 28, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    I think this is a good choice to compensate the loss, because the compromise is greater and time is short to rebuild new tactics or strategies. However, an Australian consultant could have been best. No matter what, a well-spent preparation always brings positive result. Sanath's approach for planning and getting ready is great....

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Very good choice I feel.. good work for once slc.. but marvan as head coach is not future.. May b Adams for head coach after England tour.. but for now this is the best slc can do in a short space of time.., marvan head coach for eng tour and Adams assistant.. slpl in all good work sanath

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    i do not understand why SLC appointing Consultant for the England tour Marvan can lead the team right path and definitely Sri Lanka will win the matches under our local coach so unnecessary waste of Board money

  • on April 28, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Brenda, that is the cost of doing business, being frugal is the sri lankan way of doing business, but that is not how a successful economies are doing! In order to be a "world ranked team" you have to invest on acquiring knowledge of things that is foreign to you, and yes that will cost (as long as it is appropriate and necessary).

  • Charindra on April 28, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Chris Adams' credentials are beyond debate. Good choice by SLC. I hope he can give us the inside info.

  • on April 28, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    As always an unnecessary expense by SLC.

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  • on April 28, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    As always an unnecessary expense by SLC.

  • Charindra on April 28, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Chris Adams' credentials are beyond debate. Good choice by SLC. I hope he can give us the inside info.

  • on April 28, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Brenda, that is the cost of doing business, being frugal is the sri lankan way of doing business, but that is not how a successful economies are doing! In order to be a "world ranked team" you have to invest on acquiring knowledge of things that is foreign to you, and yes that will cost (as long as it is appropriate and necessary).

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    i do not understand why SLC appointing Consultant for the England tour Marvan can lead the team right path and definitely Sri Lanka will win the matches under our local coach so unnecessary waste of Board money

  • on April 28, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Very good choice I feel.. good work for once slc.. but marvan as head coach is not future.. May b Adams for head coach after England tour.. but for now this is the best slc can do in a short space of time.., marvan head coach for eng tour and Adams assistant.. slpl in all good work sanath

  • SLMaster on April 28, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    I think this is a good choice to compensate the loss, because the compromise is greater and time is short to rebuild new tactics or strategies. However, an Australian consultant could have been best. No matter what, a well-spent preparation always brings positive result. Sanath's approach for planning and getting ready is great....

  • on April 28, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Good choice by SLC , If things go right he might be able to be the coach of SLC , unless ECB wants him too :P

  • on April 28, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    I am confused.I thought Vass has enough experiance in England.It is always our fast bowlers who struggle in England. Batsmen somehow survive.Therefore when Vass is along the side cannot understand the logic behind this move.You don't need to be English to know English conditions.We would have gone with Marvan and Vassy to show our colours. What ever comes up now goes to this chap .

  • on April 29, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Sanath is doing a wonderful job with his selections. Bold moves never associated with SLC before. No doubt that we need good preparations to face English conditions.

  • on April 29, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Good move by SLC to quickly find another foreign coach to replace Farbrace. While I'm sure Marvan would make a fine coach there is no doubt we need to learn from the experience, knowledge and skills of a foreign coach in order to be competitive at the highest level. Locally we simply don't have that kind of expertise yet and if we are to be a competitive unit we need to be abreast of the latest training methods, skills and knowledge which only an international coach can provide.