Sri Lanka news August 9, 2014

SL lose Kalpage to Bangladesh, spin coach stays

Ruwan Kalpage is set to quit his role as Sri Lanka's acting assistant coach to take up a job as Bangladesh fielding coach, but Sri Lanka spin coach Piyal Wijetunge has been convinced to stay, SLC CEO Ashley de Silva confirmed.

Both Kalpage and Wijetunge had sent letters of resignation to the Sri Lankan board earlier this week, but while Kalpage's has been accepted, the executive committee has given Wijetunge a counter-offer.

"The ExCo and Wijetunge had a discussion, and he took a decision to withdraw his resignation," de Silva said. "The negotiations had something to do with a better offer too."

BCB director Jalal Yunus said Bangladesh will now have to look at other candidates for the role of spin coach. "He (Wijetunge) had signed an agreement with us but we are now aware that he has been convinced to stay back in Sri Lanka," Yunus said. "So it is certain that he won't be coming to Bangladesh."

Kalpage's position with Sri Lanka had already been on thin ice, after the board chose to advertise the fielding coach job as part of a coaching shake-up. Acting head coach Marvan Atapattu and trainer Darshan Weerasingha are also effectively in limbo, with their positions also listed as vacancies. Kalpage has been involved with the national team in some coaching capacity for over ten years.

"He has told us that he has got an assignment," de Silva said. "He hasn't given us an indication where he's going, but we have acknowledged his resignation."

Although de Silva said Kalpage would not finish with Sri Lanka until after the Pakistan tour, Yunus has said that Kalpage would be arriving in Bangladesh "in the next day or two". Kalpage would be the fourth new member of Bangladesh's support staff after head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, bowling coach Heath Streak and trainer Mario Villavarayan joined recently. They have replaced Shane Jurgensen, Corey Richards and David Dwyer who resigned before the India series in June.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have a two-and-a-half month break from international cricket, following the end of the Pakistan ODI series on August 30, in which the board may firm up its new coaching set-up. If Atapattu is not chosen as head coach, Sri Lanka will have its eighth head coach - either temporary or permanent - in four years.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84; Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Gayangana on August 10, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    I think resignation of kalpage is good for srilanka because in the last year or so fielding standards of sri lanka had been very poor . Ican t remember a sri lankan player making a direct hit for a while.It is time to get a new fielding coach to assist our players to come back in to the game as a good fielding unit which we were famous for

  • Ranil on August 9, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I read some of the comments and I dont agree with those. Contract may not have got extended, but the SL board extends contracts only of themselves and not on others. Otherwise how come you have 8 coaches in 4 years?

    There wasnt anything wrong with Ruwan, Marvan, Graham Ford, Farbrace, Mario or even Piyal. It is just that the SL board is filled with self serving Managers who knows nothing much about cricket.

    can you believe that even the ICC T20 winning world cup team and staff has not received ANYTHING yet. No rewards or even recognition. Can you believe this? Imagine had India, Australia or England won, what would the players and officials will get???

  • Ranil on August 9, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Bangladesh has taken a priced catch. Sri Lanka has always been one of the best fielding sides.In the last 5 years or so, Sri Lanka has reached 4 finals in ICC events and Kalpage has been associated with all the teams. He is brilliant in what he does. His inputs are not only in fielding. A great reader of the game and a major backroom contributor.

    Well done Bangladesh. You are moving in the right direction.

  • prasad on August 9, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Poor choice by BCB to hire this fellow hadn' t done anything to lift the fielding of SL players over the years.

  • Md.Sabbir islam on August 9, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    not a good choice BCB .....SL has been fielding very poorly for last few series and this man was in charge

  • Android on August 9, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    When u look at Ajantha Mendis's bowling at present can have a clear idea about Kalpage. God Bless Bangladesh.

  • Tim on August 9, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    I don't mind kalpage leaving... we need someone from Aus or Eng to work with mainly fielding....

  • Android on August 9, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Don't think SLC was going to extend his contract any way as his position was advertised in the papers.

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