Arthur, Jennings among SL coach applicants
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