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Arthur, Jennings among SL coach applicants

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

August 10, 2014

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Mickey Arthur during a press conference, Bristol, June 24, 2013
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Applicants for Sri Lanka fielding coach

  • Manoj Abeywickrema (Sri Lanka), Julien Fountain, Carl Hopkinson, Jonathan Batty and Paul Nixon (England), Mark Atkinson, Lachlan Stevens and Shane Duff (Australia), Andrew Waller (Zimbabwe), Michael Smith (South Africa) and Bazegh Zaka (Maldives).

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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Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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!!!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by   on (August 11, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

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