Marvan Atapattu appointed as head coach of Sri Lankan cricket team
Marvan Atapattu appointed as the head coach of Sri Lankan cricket team. He is the first Sri Lankan national to coach the team in 15 years.
Sri Lankan Cricket Board on 24 September 2014 appointed the former national cricket team captain Marvan Atapattu as the head coach of the national team with immediate effect.
Atapattu’s name was unanimously approved for the post by the executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). However, SLC doesn’t disclose the terms and tenure of his appointment.
With this appointment, Atapattu became Sri Lanka's first full-time local coach in 15 years. The last Sri Lankan full-time coach of the national team was Roy Dias in 1999.
Apart from this, Atapattu is the seventh coach to be appointed by Sri Lanka in past since 2010. The other six coaches were Trevor Bayliss, Stuart Law, Rumesh Ratnayake, Geoff Marsh, Graham Ford and Farbrace.
At the time of appointment, 43-year-old Atapattu was serving the Sri Lankan cricket team as the interim coach after resignation of Englishman Paul Farbrace in April 2014. Under Attapattu’s guidance, the Sri Lankan won a test series in England and test and one-day series at home against Pakistan.
On the other hand, Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya resigned from the committee selecting the coach without citing any reason.