Atapattu to coach Sri Lanka

  • Last Updated: April 25 2014, 11:14 BST

Former batsman Marvan Atapattu will coach Sri Lanka on the upcoming tour of England, it was announced on Friday.

Marvan Atapattu will coach Sri Lanka on their tour of England
Marvan Atapattu will coach Sri Lanka on their tour of England

The 43-year-old will step into the shoes of Paul Farbrace, who vacated the position on Wednesday in order to take up a place on the staff of new England coach Peter Moores.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Board confirmed the news in a short statement, adding that Atapattu would be assisted by Ruwan Kalpage, the former spinner and current fielding coach, for both the England series and the subsequent one against South Africa.

It gives Atapattu a chance to make a real claim for the job on a permanent basis, having been overlooked after an interview when Farbrace was given the position in December.

Atapattu played 90 Test matches for his country with an average of 39, scoring 16 hundreds along the way. He also won 268 one-day caps, scoring over 14,000 runs combined.

Sri Lanka head to Europe at the start of May for a two-match ODI series in Ireland, before a number of county commitments.

They will face first Farbrace in a Twenty20 clash on May 20, before five one-dayers and two Tests at Lord's and Headingley.