Sri Lanka’s next head coach to be Atapattu or Mark Davis

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Atapattu is one of the two finalists in the race to become Sri Lanka’s new head coach

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have revealed that they have narrowed down their choice for the next head coach of the national team to former captain Marvan Atapattu and Mark Davis, who is currently part of Sussex’s coaching staff.

SLC added that the decision was made by a panel that was put together by the executive committee.

“Two candidates namely Marvan Atapattu and Mark Davis have been shortlisted for the final interview to be held in due course,” an SLC release said. “The date for the final interview is yet to be finalised.”

Besides being one of the best batsmen Sri Lanka ever produced, Atapattu has been the national team’s batting coach since June 2011.

Meanwhile, Davis began his 15-year cricketing career with South Africa’s Northern Transvaal province before spending five seasons at Sussex until his retirement in 2005.

Since 2005, he has been part of Sussex’s coaching staff.

Both Atapattu and Davis will be hoping occupy the head coach spot, which was vacated by Graham Ford earlier this year due to family reasons.

Ford will now become Surrey’s head coach after signing a three-year deal with the English county.

Ford’s last assignment with the national team will be their tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they will face Pakistan in a series consisting of three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

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