Sri Lanka news May 6, 2015

Michael Main appointed Sri Lanka trainer

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Main has been appointed Sri Lanka's trainer for a period of two years. The former Hampshire strength and conditioning coach will begin work on June 1, ahead of Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka.

"Michael holds a masters degree in strength and conditioning from the University of Teeside, England," an SLC release said. "He completed his bachelor's degree from University of Worcester in sports studies and physical education. He had also worked with ECB in their young fast bowlers training programme."

He will replace current trainer Darshan Weerasinghe, whose contract expires on May 30. Main is understood to have been recommended by head coach Marvan Atapattu.

Main is the second member of support staff to be installed by the new interim committee at SLC, after their appointment of Jeryl Woutersz as team manager. The board is also on the hunt for a long-term bowling coach, following the mutual decision to part ways with Chaminda Vaas in that role. Champaka Ramanayake is the frontrunner for that position for the upcoming home series against Pakistan and India, but there remain questions over his long-term availability.

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  • Miles on May 10, 2015, 6:22 GMT

    What I'm saying below is like gold. In 9 out of 10, head coach must be a foreigner (English, Aussie, New Zealand or south African) with good motivational skills though they come for work experience. So they should leave Marven out.He is not the best motivator.Head coach should understand psychology of players and not too much of techniques. They had to hire a sports psychologist to do his job. No need of a sports physiologist if the head coach is able to prepare players mentaly,therefore head coach must also be a genuine motivator. Physios and the fitness trainers must also be westerners. Batting Coach, Fielding coach and Bowling coaches can be locals because our coaches are far more knowledgeable technically than many foreign coaches. Pinch hitting was introduced by our own coaches and players. I don't see issues with our coaches technically. But politically and motivational point of view I see many issues with most of the local coaches.

  • toyota on May 8, 2015, 8:19 GMT

    King Owl. Please get your facts straight. When Darshan Weerasinghe handled the fitness training the SL team won the Asia Cup, T20 World Cup and won historic Tests and ODI series in England and also achieved #1,#2 and # 3 world rankings in T20, ODI, and tests respectively. Great players like Sangakkara, Mahela, Lasith and Rangana thrived under him and the team enjoyed two of the best years. The World Cup was a disappointment for sure but most of the injuries were due to bad luck with players getting fingers fractured. These cannot be blamed on fitness. Please recognise the hard work put in by all the coaches and support staff instead of posting baseless comments.

  • Chatty on May 7, 2015, 2:09 GMT

    Who is Darshan Weerasinghe? Never heard of him before. No wonder our team was horrible in fielding and fitness was atrocious. We need foreigners, unfortunately. SL does not have a natural culture of athleticism. It needs to be imposed.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2015, 1:23 GMT

    What about Chandika Hathurusinghe as the Head coach?

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2015, 16:30 GMT

    Change the coach and better to have a foreign guy like Lanse Klusner or an Australian

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2015, 15:24 GMT

    Change the coach too. Atapattu is useless

  • Dummy on May 6, 2015, 15:08 GMT

    Good decision. Hope he will do a great like Alex did during Mid nineties where we had fittest and strong fielding unit under Arjuna. Unfortunately the present team more injured than fit to play a full game.

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