Marvan Atapattu on 3 September 2015 announced his resignation as head coach of Sri Lanka cricket team. His resignation was accepted by the Sri Lanka’s Cricket Board.
He resigned just two-days after the team’s Test series loss to India at home. The series loss was their first to India on home soil since 1993. Apart from this, Sri Lankan team has lost four Tests out of six since June 2015.
Atapattu first became the batting coach of Sri Lanka cricket team in 2011 and in April 2014 he was made interim head coach of the team following Paul Farbrace resignation.
In September 2014, he was made the head coach of the team making him the first full-time coach of the team in 15 years.
Atapattu, as head coach of the team oversaw Sri Lanka's Test series win over England in June 2015. This was first test series win of the nation in 16 years that to in England itself.
Attapattu as a Cricketer
Atapattu led Sri Lanka in 18 Tests during his playing career and made 5502 runs in 90 Test matches of which 249 was his highest test score. In ODI he played 249 matches and scored 8529 run of which 132 not out was the highest score.
Who: Marvan Atapattu
When: 3 September 2015