Atapattu named Sri Lanka head coach

"We should look to give responsibility to Marvan because he's been around for a few years"

“We should look to give responsibility to Marvan because he’s been around for a few years”

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have appointed former Sri Lanka batsman and batting coach Marvan Atapattu as the national team’s head coach following Paul Farbrace’s resignation.

Farbrace resigned to become England’s new assistant coach.

SLC also announced that Sri Lanka’s fielding coach, Ruwan Kalpage, will be Atapattu’s second in command.

Atapattu was chosen to succeed Farbrace following a meeting held by a three-member committee, which consisted of chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne and cricket committee chairman Ranjit Fernando.

“We should look to give responsibility to Marvan because he’s been around for a few years,” Jayasuriya said. “The bowling and fielding coaches will also have to take a lot of responsibility.

“Farbrace knows inside out about Sri Lanka’s cricketers, and that’s the biggest challenge for us. He knows our batsmen and bowlers from top to bottom, and what we have been discussing in the last four or five months. I hope Marvan, Ruwan, the bowling coach can do a lot of work with the senior cricketers and come out of this situation.”

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