New SL coach likely after board elections


Sri Lanka are almost certain to be without a permanent head coach until a new board is elected - most likely in January - Sri Lanka Cricket officials have said.

SLC had advertised for the head coach position, but had been underwhelmed by the list of eventual applicants. This means interim head coach Jerome Jayaratne will likely remain in charge for Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand, which begins in December and ends on January 10. Jayaratne was appointed after Marvan Atapattu's resignation in September, and his work with the board is understood to have pleased them so far.

"I doubt very much that the interim committee will make any decision on the head coach," committee vice-chairman Kushil Gunasekara said. "Now that Jerome has done pretty well, I don't think we would want to make the call."

The board had approached two other high-profile candidates who had displayed substantial interest, but neither was willing to sign on just months before a new board would be elected. Both of these coaches have worked in Sri Lanka before and though they are understood to have been satisfied with the money on offer, they had requested significant guarantees about the prospective term of their contracts.