Video: Marvan for top job – Jayasuriya non committal

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Chief Selector of the national cricket team Sanath Jayasuriya today hinted that they may already have a replacement for the vacant head coaching position, saying that he and others involved in the recruitment process hope to discuss the vacancy with batting coach Marvan Atapattu, ahead of the tour of Ireland and England next month.

Speaking to the media at a briefing, meant to address questions regarding the selections for the two of the upcoming series but which soon spiralled into the topic of finding a new coach, Jayasuriya was non-committal when asked if Sri Lanka Cricket had approached Atapattu, or even if he was being considered as a replacement in a permanent or temporary capacity, but said that they would first discuss it with the former opening batsman before deciding their course of action.

“We need to have a discussion with Marvan – we need to ask Marvan a few things, and how he feels and how he will do things – we need to have a chat first and decide,” Jayasuriya said.

With the two tours just under two weeks away – the tour of Ireland begins on May 6 – Sri Lanka Cricket have been left searching for a new head coach, after Paul Farbrace resigned this week.

Farbrace quit following an approach by the England Wales Cricket Board, who were keen for him to serve as their deputy coach, having appointed Peter Moores as head coach, following the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia last year, and the dismal performance in the World T20 this year.

Farbrace was on six-month probation which afforded him an early release from his duties to SLC, without having to pay compensation.

“This is an unfortunate situation, just after winning the World T20 in Bangladesh, that with a tour of England in a few weeks away we don’t have a coach. We can’t dwell on it though. We need to go forward with the next person,” Jayasuriya conceded.

He said the onus would be on the team’s coaching staff ahead of the tour of England, to work on the added challenges that will be posed with Farbrace in the enemy’s camp, with his knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of the team, and an idea of the initial plans that have been devised so far.

“This is the biggest challenge for us. And I hope the coaching team works with the seniors, around these challenges.”

Meanwhile, Jayasuriya also said that they had decided to relieve Dinesh Chandimal of the role of T20 captain, because the pressure of the added burden had taken a toll on his performance.

“We were confident that Chandimal could overcome the pressures of captaincy when we initially appointed him, and that was why we kept in the position for a full year, but because it was a burden we decided to relieve him of it,” and he expressed renewed confidence in Chandimal’s ability to find his form once again and contribute to the team in the future.  He added that he would meet Chandimal in the near future and discuss his future and how they wanted to process with him in the future.

He also said that Lahiru Thirimanne had also earned his new responsibility as the vice-captain in all three formats.

“Thirimanne is player that has proved that he can play in all three formats of the game, and he is someone who can play with the added pressure – players like this are limited, one of them is Thirimanne – so we decided to give him that responsibility.”

Jayasuriya also said that Lasith Malinga’s excellent performance in leading the team in the last three games on the way to the World T20 title this month, exhibited his ability to work with the team and bring out the best in them, and therefore compelled the selectors to entrust the duty on him.
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  • Public Saturday, 26 April 2014 06:16 AM

    We public noticed Lankans still give priority to the white skin and English language. What a nation! try a Chinese coach.

    kumar soysa Friday, 25 April 2014 01:27 AM

    At LAST, we appear to realize that only our own will stand with us. Marvan was, is and will remain the very best choice for this position and there are many who will commend this decision.

    Waco Friday, 25 April 2014 01:43 AM

    I personally feel that SLC positions should not be held by politicians.

    Don Sanjeewa Friday, 25 April 2014 02:54 AM

    Make Mahela a playing coach until you find a permanent replacement. He anyways take charge or all captains go to him once the team is on the field, so why not make it official?

    Kanthisiri Perera Friday, 25 April 2014 07:28 AM

    The truth is simple our players listen and respect the coaches.

    Further we do need a Foreign Coach at all, if necessary we can call the coach who was at the time of Winning the 1st World cup.

    He turned away due to some players disregard him due to their background.


    He is also former Sri Lankan now is an Austgralian.

    Good Luck.

    thili Friday, 25 April 2014 03:06 AM

    Hoo..hoo..,, see how these selectors of SLC backing up this former T20 captain..

    Seems very lucky guy with highest privilege.. on top of the others in national squad...

    Sri Lankan, Friday, 25 April 2014 07:49 AM

    Well said Cobra,.... He is white enough for this role...

    Amir Friday, 25 April 2014 01:43 PM

    V good idea Mahela n sangha as playing coach will work together wel

    Punny Pellow Friday, 25 April 2014 03:51 AM

    [quote name="kumar soysa"]At LAST, we appear to realize that only our own will stand with us. Marvan was, is and will remain the very best choice for this position and there are many who will commend this decision.[/quote]
    Unfortunately, 'Only our own' are deserting Sri Lanka for various reasons, mainly for higher income!!

    kith udugama Friday, 25 April 2014 08:43 AM

    Marvan can speak better English !!!

    Jokerii Friday, 25 April 2014 03:58 AM

    at some point in time Mahela will make the best coach ever for SL - He has the best cricketing brain in SL, and one of the best in the world. But i think he has bigger aspirations than being a coach.

    kith udugama Friday, 25 April 2014 08:43 PM

    Stylish bat ,good stroke player,looks decent and respectable

    spectator Sunday, 27 April 2014 09:14 AM

    The game had become too financial oriented and politicised via DM Android App

    Cobra Friday, 25 April 2014 01:03 AM

    We've had some of the best cricketers in the world and Marvan was one of them. He'd played many a test and ODI for the country and is still talked about for his technique as a batsman and a very successful captain. So why not him as our coach? Is only a white skin suitable for the job? Hope this move will not be no-balled by anyone!

    dickey bird Friday, 25 April 2014 10:10 AM

    Mahela & Sanga are more suited as Managers and administrators.


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