The Sri Lankan Cricket Board announced on Monday that Jerome Jayaratne is the interim head coach for the national team and will manage the side for the upcoming West Indies series starting in October.
The Sri Lankan team lost the Test series to India 1-2 and before that lost to Pakistan 1-2. In a statement SLC said: “The Sri Lankan Cricket wishes to announce that Jerome Jayaranthe has been appointed as the interim head coach of the Sri Lankan National with immediate effect for the upcoming West Indies series in October/Novemember 2015.”
Jayaratne replaces former Sri Lankan batsman Marvan Attapatu who resigned as the coach last Thursday after losing 1-2 in three matches home test series. The team did well but was not able to perform in the Test series as a team. It was a disappointing series loss after such a good start for the Sri Lankan team who struggled in the last two Test matches.
The West Indies series is just a month awat and Jayaranthe need to see that Sri lankan team performs well in the upcoming series against West Indies in all three formats. It is important that Mathews and Jayarantne gel to do well.
Sri Lanka needs some quality players after the retirement of Sangakkara . They struggled a lot but Kushal Perera performed well in his debut Test match and Mathews also did well by scoring a century in the 2nd innings of the third match.
Attapatu had officially held the position since Septmember last year but effectively been the head coach since April 2014 before Paul Fabrace departure. Before that he had worked as a batting coach of the team since 2011.