Sri Lanka delay appointment of coach

Sri Lanka have delayed appointing a new coach because the candidates they have short-listed are also in the running for the Indian coaching job. Greg Chappell and Tom Moody appear to be the front-runners for the Indian job, although they have had talks with Sri Lanka Cricket as well. "We are trying to finalise the coach soon, but it will not be before the Indians finish their interviews this week," Jayantha Dharmadasa, chairman of the committee running Sri Lanka Cricket currently told AFP.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is conducting its interviews on May 19, and is expected to finalise on a coach soon after. "We have to realise that the Indian board is the richest in the world and coaching the Indian team is a prestigious job," said Dharmadasa. "Since the Indian board kept things on a hold, our candidates wanted some time as well"

Sri Lanka were to announce their choice of coach on May 13, but have been forced to put the date back. Also in the running for the Sri Lankan job is Dean Jones. Sri Lanka are also viewing the candidature of Roy Dias and Rumesh Ratnayake for the job.