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Sri Lanka appoint Jayaratne as interim cricket coach

September 08, 2015 11:50 IST
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Jerome JayaratneJerome Jayaratne will be Sri Lanka's interim coach for the home series against West Indies beginning next month, the country's cricket board announced.

Sri Lanka were without a head coach after Marvan Atapattu resigned earlier this month following the team's back-to-back home Test series defeat by Pakistan and India.

Instead of finding a full-time replacement, Sri Lanka put its head of coaching and former under-19 player Jayaratne in temporary charge of a team grappling with a tricky transition following the retirement of batting stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.

Beginning on October 14, West Indies play two Tests, three one-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Cricket is likely to appoint a full-time coach before the team leaves for their New Zealand tour in December.

Image: Jerome Jayaratne

Photograph courtesy: Sri Lanka Cricket

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