Sri Lanka news April 28, 2014

Chris Adams to work with Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

    Didn't think SL were that desperate...

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2014, 13:39 GMT

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

  • Lalith 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.

  • MAHENDRA 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.

  • Rizwan 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.

  • Jason 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.

  • Chandana 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.

  • ian 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.

  • Nilantha 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..

  • bira 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.

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