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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are likely to name a permanent head coach by the end of the month so that the person chosen has time to gel with the team before their limited overs home series against England in November.
SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva revealed that the board has short-listed nine out of the 15 applications they received.
“We have short-listed nine from the 15 applications we received for the post,” de Silva said. “They will be interviewed on Skype during the course of this week by the committee appointed to pick the candidate.
“We hope to finish the interviews by the end of the week and prune the list down further before inviting them to come to Sri Lanka and make their representations.”
It is understood that current head coach Marvan Atapattu and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash are the frontrunners for the job.
However, when asked about the position, Ramprakash told The Guardian: “I was asked whether I would be interested in the Sri Lanka coaching position and I said, ‘I’m happy to hear what the job entails.’ Since that point – about seven weeks ago – I’ve not spoken to anyone from Sri Lanka cricket.”
But, on the other hand, Ramprakash lauded the Sri Lankan coaching set-up, stating that they had “passion and energy”.
“Having toured there in January and February with the Lions I’m full of admiration for the Sri Lanka set-up and their passion and energy,” he said. “I thought their facilities were excellent and they are desperate to keep improving. Sri Lankans realise there are great parts of the country that have a lot of natural talent they have not tapped into yet.”