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Marvan Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka coach

Marvan Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka coach
Marvan Atapattu (right) on Thursday has resigned as the head coach of the Sri Lankan team effective immediately.
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Former Sri Lankan opening batsman Marvan Atapattu has resigned as the head coach of the national team with immediate effect.

The resignation, coming on the heels of a series defeat against India, ends the 11-month tenure of Atapattu, which began in October 2014.

As a batsman, Atapattu was a formidable force in both Test and One-Day Internationals, playing 360 international games for Sri Lanka. 

From 90 Test matches, Atapattu scored 5502 runs at an average of 39.02 with 16 hundreds, which included six double hundreds.

In 268 ODIs, the 44-year-old averaged 37.57, having amassed 8529 runs with 11 hundreds and 59 fifties to his name. 

A press release issused by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stated that the board has accepted the resignation of Atapattu.

“We would like to inform you of the resignation of Mr. Marvan Atapattu from the post of Head Coach of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team which has been accepted by Sri Lanka Cricket," it read.

“Mr. Atapattu was appointed to this position in October 2014, previously serving as the Batting Coach to the team from 2011 and as Interim Head Coach for a brief period from April 2014 after Paul Farbrace resigned.

“During this time, he has given of his time and service with the same professionalism that was his hallmark as an international cricketer.” 

The pinnacle of Atapattu’s term as the coach of Sri Lanka was the victory in England, where they defeated the hosts in both Test and ODI series in 2014.

Thanking Atapattu for his contribution as the head coach and the batting coach, SLC wished him the best for his future.

“The high point of his career as coach must be the series victory against England in England in May/June 2014, when the Sri Lanka Cricket Team excelled in all departments of the game to gain that coveted triumph.

“Sri Lanka Cricket thanks Mr. Atapattu for his efforts as Head Coach and Batting Coach of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team, and we wish him every success in all his future endeavours.”

The names of Bangladesh coach, Chandrika Hathurusinghe and former Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford are doing the rounds as the likely replacements for Atapattu. 

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