Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee decided to appoint the country’s former opening batsman, Marvan Atapattu as the head coach of the national team.The appointing of Atapattu meant that Sri Lankan Cricket now has a their first full time coach since Roy Dias in 1999, after Atapattu served as interm coach for 3 months.
It is reported that the decision needed some controversial atmosphere after some sources have learnt that several members of the Committee have walked out during the meeting regarding Atapattu as coach. However, the meeting was followed only after interviewing Marvan Atapattu and England’s John Lewis on Tuesday.
The reason for contravesial criteria was Sanath Jayasuria, the national team’s chief selector’s sudden resignation who was subjected to be neglected in making decision of appointing the head coach.
The Executive committee included the likes of Asanga Seneviratne, Mohan De Silva, Nishantha Ranatunga, Hirantha Perera, Nuski Mohamed, Sanath Jayasuriya, Jayananda Warnaweera, Shammi Silva, Dushan Soyza, Ranjit Fernando, and Head of the Coaching, Jerome Jayaratne.
“The executive committee then, unanimously approved and appointed Mr. Marvan Attapattu to the position of National Head Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket with immediate effect,” an SLC release said.
Marvan Atapattu has been a known name who has played across both the formats for his country also serving as the captain of the Team was acting as an interm coach for his side after working as assistant to Paul Farbrance, who had recently passed away. Since 2011, Atapattu worked along with the team , who served as batting coach before been promoted as assistant coach in 2013.
Earlier, SLC announced that it is expected to shortlist two final names from their earlier short-list that includes Marvan Atapattu, the one who is expected to be among the two, Mickey Arthur, Eric Simons, Mark Ramprakash, and others.