Jerome Jayaratne appointed as Sri Lanka's interim coach

Jerome Jayaratne appointed as Sri Lanka's interim coach
Jerome Jayaratne has been appointed as the interim coach of Sri Lanka for the upcoming home series against West Indies.
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday announced Jerome Jayaratne as the interim coach of the team following the resignation of Marvan Atapattu.

The 49-year-old will be in charge of the Sri Lankan team for the upcoming home series against West Indies which begins on 14th October.

Atapattu, who took over the coaching reigns from Paul Farbrace in September 2014, announced his resignation last week following the Test series defeat to India. 

Sri Lanka have not managed to hold on to their head coaches for long periods as since 2010 they have employed Trevor Bayliss, Stuart Law, Rumesh Ratnayake, Geoff Marsh, Graham Ford and Paul Farbrace before Atapattu's appointment.

Jayaratne, who is a Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board qualified coach, has been heading the coaching department of SLC for the last seven years. 

The appointment of Jayaratne is much to do with the immediate requirement of the West Indies series which will allow SLC to look for a long-term option to coach Sri Lanka.

According to reports, current Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and South Africa's Graham Ford are the front-runners to take up the full-time responsibility of coaching Sri Lanka. 

West Indies tour of Sri Lanka comprises two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals. 

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