‘A high-profile coach will definitely expect 100% more than what we offer’, says Nishantha Ranatunga

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“If we get the right guy, the pricing is something that we can always look into”

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has revealed that if the board are able to secure the services of a “high-profile coach” to take over the vacant position in January, then that candidate “will definitely expect 100% more than what we offer” in terms of income.

Despite having narrowed down their selection to former Sri Lanka batsman Marvan Atapattu and Mark Davis, who is part of Sussex’s coaching staff, SLC are still trying to find their “high-profile” candidate before Graham Ford departs in January.

“A high-profile coach will definitely expect 100% more than what we offer,” Ranatunga told Ceylon Today. “We have offered the best we could based on our income. Certain countries earn more than 800% to what we earn. So we need to have a rationale in terms of expenses.

“Coaches today prefer to spend more time with their families. The young generation of coaches looks for short-term assignments where they can make a quick buck and then also dedicate more time to their families. So, tournaments like the IPL and Big Bash have given them an opportunity to earn more while spending less time [on the job].”

However, Ranatunga also revealed that the proposed income could be renegotiated if a worthy candidate shows enough interest in the position.

“If the issue is solely the price, we are happy to look at that,” he said. “Most of the money is brought into the country by the national team. So there’s no question, we need to add value to them. If we get the right guy, the pricing is something that we can always look into.”

While Atapattu is believed to be the frontrunner for the job, Ranatunga stated that the board hasn’t ruled out employing an interim coach, who would take charge of the national team until the 2015 World Cup.

“Marvan has the qualification, but I personally prefer him to work under another coach till 2015 and take over after that,” Ranatunga said. “It’s better for him as well as Sri Lanka cricket. If you look at our coaching staff they boast of much international experience. If this process took place in some other country, like Australia, Pakistan or Bangladesh they would jump and take Marvan.

“We are quite open [to other options] even now. Marvan has played good cricket, has captained the national side, and does understand what a World Cup means to the country. Besides he is someone who understands our cricketing culture and he has proved himself to be a good leader. So he has done enough to justify his selection, but then it all depends on what the selection committee believes.”

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