Sri Lanka news August 10, 2014

Arthur, Jennings among SL coach applicants

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Sri Lanka Cricket's hunt for a head coach has gained momentum with around 10 applications, including ones reportedly from former South Africa coaches Mickey Arthur and Ray Jennings.*

SLC had advertised for the positions of head coach, fielding coach and trainer on their website in the last week of July, as they look to fill the vacancies of Paul Farbrace, fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage and trainer Darshan Weerasinghe respectively. The closing date for applications is August 10.

However, Marvan Atapattu, who has been serving as the head coach, following Farbrace's resignation in April, has still not formally applied, according to SLC CEO Ashley de Silva.

"Marvan has still not applied for the post and today is the final day," de Silva said. "Normally when a post is advertised you are supposed to apply, but Marvan has already done that earlier and because he is already in the system he may not have applied.

"Some have applied to become head coach and others as consultant. We have to sort them out by next week."

Sri Lanka had appointed Farbrace as coach in December last year, following Graham Ford's decision to step down. Farbrace, however, resigned in April to take up a role with the ECB and is now assistant coach to Peter Moores in the England set-up. Kalpage, was involved in some coaching capacity with the national team for the last ten years, had recently found his job in limbo after SLC announced a coaching shake-up. Kalpage, who was serving as acting assistant coach to Atapattu, has taken up a role as Bangladesh's assistant and spin-bowling coach.

Other individuals who have reportedly applied are: former South Africa allrounder Lance Klusener, former Surrey coach Chris Adams, Australia's Shane Duff, former New Zealand coach Andy Moles, former England batsman Mal Loye, former Victoria coach Simon Helmot and Somerset's director of cricket, Dave Nosworthy.

Loye, who currently coaches at Wellinborough School in Northamptonshire, also recently showed interest in coaching the Netherlands side, but was eventually deterred by the financial situation in Dutch cricket. ""I was advised to apply a few weeks ago [for the Sri Lanka job]," he told ESPNcricinfo. "International coaching is something that has always appealed to me."

Eric Simons, Paddy Upton and Craig McDermott were reportedly in the fray but all three have denied considering the coaching job*. McDermott, who had re-signed with Cricket Australia as assistant coach of the national team in May, told the board's website that he was committed to his role in the Australian set-up.

Upton also issued a denial, saying he had been approached for the post but was not in the running, while Simons told Supersport.com: "(Agent) Arthur Turner called and asked if I would consider a position as a consultant to the World Cup with Sri Lanka. I replied that, if it was purely as a consultant, and only for the World Cup, then I would consider it. I was asked if I would consider the head coach job but said that [I] was not able to consider that."

*August 11, 2014 0436 GMT: The news story has been updated to reflect denials from Craig McDermott, Paddy Upton and Eric Simons

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  • on August 13, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Marvan has made our youngsters worse by tuning their techniques it's the genius of Mathews Sanga Mahela Dilshan & Herath that won us our recent silverwares

  • on August 12, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    I dont think the name as such matters. Its more about what someone can bring as a strategy for the team. Their analysis of the current team and junior sides and what their strategy and view on Sri Lanka cricket. The board needs to know if what their strategy makes sense for sri lanka. Sanga and mahela should be there in the selection panel.

  • CricketMaan on August 11, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    You need someone with a jolly go attitude which is what is USP of SL cricket, you dont want to see a serious face amidst the fun loving cricketers and thier fans! In that sense a Lance Klusner who replied 'so what nobody died' when asked if he regrests that SA lost SF at 1999 WC will be a good fit.

  • on August 11, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Great to see such intrest from High Profile coaches. LAst year LAnka put an application out for Head Coach and got may be one applicants. Great to see the interest this time. This is the difference with a side that does big things (Asia Cup, World Cup, England Series SWeep, PAkistan Test).

    The side is also stable with a great captain in Angelo Mathews. Glad to see the intrest from Mickey Arthur, Lance, MC dermott, JEnnings, Nixon. SL would not have dreamt for these coaches a while ago. A big thank you to these 5 high profile coaches. U will not be disspaointed. Yes SLC will have its challenges but I guarantee whoever take the job you will not regret it!! You guys will be like Celebreties in Lanka and youll will enjoy the laid back island life and you will be coaching a very talented cricket crazy country!!!!

  • on August 11, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Mickey Arthur(Head coach) or Lance Klusener & Paul Nixon(Fielding coach) may be a good combination with Marvan continuing as the Batting coach.I would still go for home grown professionals instead of others but we got to understand that the team will be in transition soon with the departure of Mahela,Sanga,Herath,Dishan,Malinga & Diruwan who are all over 30 to 35 yrs and the younger players need good coaching & guidance from un biased professionals irrespective of whether they are local or foreign to keep the momentum and maintaining excellence in all depts. of the game.

  • birkat on August 11, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Both these coaches I feel are too mechanical/ technical for Sri Lanka. They work within a structured set up and will not be able to handle the chaos in SL system.

  • MrGarreth on August 11, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    As a South African I can say that Sri Lanka will do themselves a GREAT favour if they employee Jennings as their coach. He gets the best out individuals and takes no nonsense.Best coach in our country in my opinion.

  • PravHP on August 11, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    For the people who think Marvan is doing a great job,it's not Marvan.it's the consistancy of Sanga,Mathews and Hearath and also other timely performances which bring us victories. We need a head coach who knows about Australian pitches,conditions and how to assist the conditions.Well,there are two in the list with that qualification. Craig Mcdermott,old aussie seamer,current aussie test bowling coach and Micky Arthur former australian head coach.He was sacked due to poor performance of the team..thats a minus but prior to that he has led SA team to many home and away victories. One important point is our fast bowling..itz a not strong enough yet.specialy in tests..so what about current aussie test bowling coach as our head coach.That is just perfect.Marvan can be the assistant and batting coach. If not experiance wise go for Micky Arthur. My choice according to the current situation.HEAD COACH 1.Craig Mcdermott If not 2.Micky Arthur ASSISTANT Marvan just because we can't throw him away and bring in a foreign one..

  • on August 11, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Marven is doing a better job. Why we need foreign people? Bad attitude.

  • on August 11, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Marvan done a decent job but we need a foreign head coach. Recent sucesses should be attributed to Mathews, Sanga and the shole team in general. NOT MARVAN!! My Leading Contenders - 1. Mikey Arthur (He will be keen to proove everyone wrong after Australia and also WC 2015 in Australia) 2. Mc Dermot 3. Klusner 4. Adams 5. Jennings

  • on August 13, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Marvan has made our youngsters worse by tuning their techniques it's the genius of Mathews Sanga Mahela Dilshan & Herath that won us our recent silverwares

  • on August 12, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    I dont think the name as such matters. Its more about what someone can bring as a strategy for the team. Their analysis of the current team and junior sides and what their strategy and view on Sri Lanka cricket. The board needs to know if what their strategy makes sense for sri lanka. Sanga and mahela should be there in the selection panel.

  • CricketMaan on August 11, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    You need someone with a jolly go attitude which is what is USP of SL cricket, you dont want to see a serious face amidst the fun loving cricketers and thier fans! In that sense a Lance Klusner who replied 'so what nobody died' when asked if he regrests that SA lost SF at 1999 WC will be a good fit.

  • on August 11, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Great to see such intrest from High Profile coaches. LAst year LAnka put an application out for Head Coach and got may be one applicants. Great to see the interest this time. This is the difference with a side that does big things (Asia Cup, World Cup, England Series SWeep, PAkistan Test).

    The side is also stable with a great captain in Angelo Mathews. Glad to see the intrest from Mickey Arthur, Lance, MC dermott, JEnnings, Nixon. SL would not have dreamt for these coaches a while ago. A big thank you to these 5 high profile coaches. U will not be disspaointed. Yes SLC will have its challenges but I guarantee whoever take the job you will not regret it!! You guys will be like Celebreties in Lanka and youll will enjoy the laid back island life and you will be coaching a very talented cricket crazy country!!!!

  • on August 11, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Mickey Arthur(Head coach) or Lance Klusener & Paul Nixon(Fielding coach) may be a good combination with Marvan continuing as the Batting coach.I would still go for home grown professionals instead of others but we got to understand that the team will be in transition soon with the departure of Mahela,Sanga,Herath,Dishan,Malinga & Diruwan who are all over 30 to 35 yrs and the younger players need good coaching & guidance from un biased professionals irrespective of whether they are local or foreign to keep the momentum and maintaining excellence in all depts. of the game.

  • birkat on August 11, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Both these coaches I feel are too mechanical/ technical for Sri Lanka. They work within a structured set up and will not be able to handle the chaos in SL system.

  • MrGarreth on August 11, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    As a South African I can say that Sri Lanka will do themselves a GREAT favour if they employee Jennings as their coach. He gets the best out individuals and takes no nonsense.Best coach in our country in my opinion.

  • PravHP on August 11, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    For the people who think Marvan is doing a great job,it's not Marvan.it's the consistancy of Sanga,Mathews and Hearath and also other timely performances which bring us victories. We need a head coach who knows about Australian pitches,conditions and how to assist the conditions.Well,there are two in the list with that qualification. Craig Mcdermott,old aussie seamer,current aussie test bowling coach and Micky Arthur former australian head coach.He was sacked due to poor performance of the team..thats a minus but prior to that he has led SA team to many home and away victories. One important point is our fast bowling..itz a not strong enough yet.specialy in tests..so what about current aussie test bowling coach as our head coach.That is just perfect.Marvan can be the assistant and batting coach. If not experiance wise go for Micky Arthur. My choice according to the current situation.HEAD COACH 1.Craig Mcdermott If not 2.Micky Arthur ASSISTANT Marvan just because we can't throw him away and bring in a foreign one..

  • on August 11, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Marven is doing a better job. Why we need foreign people? Bad attitude.

  • on August 11, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Marvan done a decent job but we need a foreign head coach. Recent sucesses should be attributed to Mathews, Sanga and the shole team in general. NOT MARVAN!! My Leading Contenders - 1. Mikey Arthur (He will be keen to proove everyone wrong after Australia and also WC 2015 in Australia) 2. Mc Dermot 3. Klusner 4. Adams 5. Jennings

  • KazukoOhtha on August 11, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Here we go again! As many other posters here, I can not understand why the SLCB can not see the excellent job (and results) Marvan is doing. What they should be doing is to give him a permanent position with a better salary/bonus and trying to recruit Mahela Jayawardena as SL batting coach, instead of running around looking for a head coach.

  • ms2000 on August 11, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Marvan is not up to International standards as yet. He might in the future but right now I do not think Marvan is the right person.. Micky could be the best out of the lot. wil be a tough job for the SLC to select the right one. Lance Klusner will also be a strong contender. You need aggresive coaches. Its a blessing that Kalpage resigned. The fileding of the SL team in the past few months was pathetic.

  • on August 11, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Ray Jennings is the best man for the job by a long chalk.

  • imsandun on August 11, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Should be unorthodox to change the world. go for Klusener..

  • 9ST9 on August 11, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Hmm.. another homework assignment on the way? But do SL need a new coach? I think Atapattu's doing a decent job.

  • on August 11, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    It must be Australian!!! Remember that Lions have a hunt in 2015 in Australia

  • gahapanmachan on August 11, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    SL got the best coach at work currently and doing a good job. They probably need a new board if they cannot see that.

  • legfinedeep on August 11, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Gritty, tough as nails and unflappable, calm under pressure Lance Klusener.

  • i700rox on August 11, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Mickey Arthur is definitely the one to go for. He has proven coaching experience with South Africa and should be the one to guide the team forward for the next 5 years at least.

  • on August 11, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    SLC, is this for real??? What's wrong with Mavan? He's doing great and why are you looking for another?? I'm sure you are paying a local package and getting better results.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on August 11, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    whats wrong with the current coach? he is former SL test player knows his stuff..why not offer him the role?

    bring in a foreign coach and break the team gelling in no time!

  • on August 11, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Marvan is not good.. We saw that our tail enders get out within few runs...should be changed... Rather prefer an australian coach.,

  • on August 10, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    we don't want any coach marvan doing fantastic job

  • SLSup on August 10, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    With the World Cup around the corner there appear to be a hyped up interesting in SL coaching stint - for visibility. It is an upward mobile team and it won't be a bad thing to ride SL on a team that is on the way up if one is looking to spice up a resume. SL don't need a new coaching setup. Hopefully SLC will continue with Marvan since SL has not done bad with him at the helm. My former school mate Kalpage is rightly looking elsewhere - it is hard to be impressed with the current fielding of the SL unit.

    Of the names mentioned as prospective applicants for SL coaching job... only Klusener sounds interesting with World Cup around. Micky is drama and won't agree with the SL psyche. McDermott has done an excellent job with AUS pace bowlers but we don't that. Head coach job is a different ball game.

  • HatsforBats on August 10, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Please not McDermott! If he leaves our set up, who will tell our boys to pitch it up? We'll be bowling back of a length in no time.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 10, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Errrrr......cric1965. Mickey Arthur is south african.

    Sri Lanka need to stay away from Mickey and go Lance Klusener.

  • cric1965 on August 10, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Considering World cup 2015, Micky Arthur is the man for job. Sri Lanka need Australian coaches. Australia cricket is more advance than other countries in technical aspect. Need new methods and tactics in coaching and game planning in modern day cricket.

  • rmcsr86 on August 10, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    I think Mickey Arthur better one for head coach and Craig McDermott is best assitant coach(fast bowling) we can get right now.They can be verry useful for WC 2015 in AUS.I think we should try to get both of them. Because they had proven it before.

  • on August 10, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    marvan is a great coach, I wonder myself what srilanka cricket is thinking, but never mind, politics can never be understood.

  • xylo on August 10, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    SLC better do its homework ;-)

  • on August 10, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    why sri lanka criket board can't keep marvan as a head coach another year. look crazy board members.so

  • on August 10, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    prtty sure tht all these guyz know tht SLC could offr a lower salary cmpared to wht thy myt hav got in thr previous coachng roles wth intrntnl, or franchise teams....

    jst goes to show wht SL hav done in the past 12mnthz.... all these guyz hav thot f d future beyond 2yrz jst to get thr names restored by coaching a potentially brilliant line-up.... yes thy myt hv sm challengs aftr d wc... whn sanga n mahela retire... bt ltz c.... cz chandi, thiri, kithruwan, niroshan, ashan all these guyz talentd..... n wth siriwardana, chathuranga de silva, tharindu kaushal, bhanuka rajapaksa, danushka gunatilake, sachith pathirana, ramith rambukwella all seem to b pushing hard fr places fr d future....

    jerningz/mcdrmd as head coach marvan- batting coach klusner- fielding coach b

  • BhaskarHajong on August 10, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Srilanka doing great at present. Do they really need a coach?

  • on August 10, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Craig McDermott as head & bowling, Marvan as Asst. & batting, Lance as fielding will be purfect.

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 10, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    cont..This is same for Thisara Perera also..He can hit mainly leg side.. but he is big asset for us.Everyone know his weaness...Atapattu has been our batting coach for sometime..but it didn't seem Thisara has corrected his weakness..So i think

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 10, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Atapattu has been in the coaching staff for 3 yrs. Agree he has done good job... But He needs some time to be head coach...Chandi and Thiri"s batting were so poor..They got out in similar way..we have one of worst batting tailenders. now..Last 5 wicket contribution is less..But other countries their contribution is big..Kaushal silva is getting out in similar fashion..( wicket keeper catch to out side off stump deliveries) So Atapattu should hv done sth for above issues..But we can't see so far.. So i think we need someone as head coach either local or foreign bcoz everymatch Sanga and Mathews r the main scorers

  • Rahim_A on August 10, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Micky Arthur - Pakistan, sign him up! I think he would do wonders for the team. I know that Waqar has just been installed but why not bring in someone like Arthur to work alongside him

  • CricketFever11 on August 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    I would go for Lance Klusener............

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    keep Marvan and please value what's locally available, feeling sorry for Kalpage

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    this is rubbish slc will never ever learn so sad why.......not marvan do the job if need find assistant coach

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    SLC.... u never learn from mistakes...... What's wrong in giving Marvan an extended run for a while.......... ?

  • on August 10, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    A local product of Sri Lanka Marvan is doing an excellent job. Why on earth does SLC want to change his role now, remember this - IF IT'S NOT BROKEN DON'T FIX IT

  • haalithjr on August 10, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Go for Mawan as Head coach...he has done excellent job since he took over and bring Lance Klusener as Asst. coach would be great pick.

  • Cricsnake on August 10, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Mcdermott seems good but I'm not sure whether he stay for a reasonable time. In addition he will ask for quite higher wage. As SL using Marvan as the batting coach, better we select a one who has a bowling background and he must be able to improve our fielding in a reasonable manner. Choosing an Aussie/ Kiwi or Saffer would be better as the next WC is scheduled in Oceania. Lance Klusener was a good player but dunno about his coaching skills. Anyway I hope SLC would do better this time as they used to choose best coaches for a fair cost long ago. In the recent past SLC has struggled with coaches mostly due to financial issues. However we need a permanent coaching staff for at least another two years if we need to groom our youngsters to replace the voids of Mahela, Sanga, Dili, Malinga & Kule within the next couple of years.

  • palla.avinash on August 10, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Craig McDermott is best sri lanka please pick him ,he is the reason why Australian bowlers have success in recent times after Greats retirement.

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    lance klusener would be intresting

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Need to pick the right man and aim for the world cup.

  • Lion83 on August 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Its better to go for a Australian coach since world cup is our main target

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Looking at the records with Maven what have he done wrong? or what have he not done which other foreign coaches do? the records show he do the job and why r we trying to so high to a foreign coach that who will not last for long or not loyal to us to get the same results? .. I will go for maven...

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    my man lance clusner. what player in cricket....

  • Ebeyah25 on August 10, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Lance Klusener!!! Man! he can change this whole SriLankan Set up! Go for Him!

  • xtrafalgarx on August 10, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Craig Mcdermott has got to be joking. He jumped ship last time, then bagged to be brought back when he felt like it, even though there was no room. Di Winter then had to be sacked to make way for him, now just 8 test matched later he want to go again. Well which is it? Are you in or are you out?

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  • xtrafalgarx on August 10, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Craig Mcdermott has got to be joking. He jumped ship last time, then bagged to be brought back when he felt like it, even though there was no room. Di Winter then had to be sacked to make way for him, now just 8 test matched later he want to go again. Well which is it? Are you in or are you out?

  • Ebeyah25 on August 10, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Lance Klusener!!! Man! he can change this whole SriLankan Set up! Go for Him!

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    my man lance clusner. what player in cricket....

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Looking at the records with Maven what have he done wrong? or what have he not done which other foreign coaches do? the records show he do the job and why r we trying to so high to a foreign coach that who will not last for long or not loyal to us to get the same results? .. I will go for maven...

  • Lion83 on August 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Its better to go for a Australian coach since world cup is our main target

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Need to pick the right man and aim for the world cup.

  • on August 10, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    lance klusener would be intresting

  • palla.avinash on August 10, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Craig McDermott is best sri lanka please pick him ,he is the reason why Australian bowlers have success in recent times after Greats retirement.

  • Cricsnake on August 10, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Mcdermott seems good but I'm not sure whether he stay for a reasonable time. In addition he will ask for quite higher wage. As SL using Marvan as the batting coach, better we select a one who has a bowling background and he must be able to improve our fielding in a reasonable manner. Choosing an Aussie/ Kiwi or Saffer would be better as the next WC is scheduled in Oceania. Lance Klusener was a good player but dunno about his coaching skills. Anyway I hope SLC would do better this time as they used to choose best coaches for a fair cost long ago. In the recent past SLC has struggled with coaches mostly due to financial issues. However we need a permanent coaching staff for at least another two years if we need to groom our youngsters to replace the voids of Mahela, Sanga, Dili, Malinga & Kule within the next couple of years.

  • haalithjr on August 10, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Go for Mawan as Head coach...he has done excellent job since he took over and bring Lance Klusener as Asst. coach would be great pick.