Sri Lanka appoints interim head coach

Colombo :Jerome Jayaratne has been appointed Sri Lanka’s interim national team coach as a replacement for Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka Cricket announced today.

Jayaratne, 49, and a former Under 19 international, will be in charge of the team for the West Indies tour here in October.

Atapattu resigned last week following the Test series defeat to Pakistan and India.

India won a Test series for the first time in Sri Lanka for 22 years by beating the home side 2-1.

Jayaratne has for a long time served SLC as its head coach.

The interim appointment comes ahead of plans to recruit either South African Graham Ford or Sri Lankan Chandika Hathurusinghe.