Sri Lanka Name Atapattu As Head Coach

Marvan Atapattu
Marvan Atapattu has been named as Sri Lanka's new head coach
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have moved quickly to appoint Marvan Atapattu as their new head coach following Paul Farbrace's departure to join up with England.

Atapattu was shortlisted for the job and interviewed before Farbrace was appointed in January and will have Ruwan Kalpage as his assistant.

After leading Sri Lanka to victory in the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20, Farbrace was officially appointed as England head coach Peter Moores' assistant two days ago.

Atapattu has already been involved with the Sri Lankan coaching set up, helping the team's batsmen as recently as 2013.

He also previously coached Singapore and is a former captain of Sri Lanka, playing 90 Tests and 268 One-Day Internationals.

Making his international debut in 1990, he went on to be part of the squad that won the World Cup in 1996 and finished as runners-up to Australia in 2007, captaining Sri Lanka in 83 matches between 2001 and 2006.

He played the final match for his country in 2007 before captaining the Delhi Jets in the short-lived Indian Cricket League.

With Sri Lanka set to depart for Ireland, where they play two ODIs on 6th and 8th May, and then England, shortly, the move to swiftly appoint Atapattu comes as little surprise.

England host Sri Lanka for a Twenty20 International, five ODIs and two Tests between 20th May and 24th June.

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