Sri Lanka appoint Rumesh Ratnayake as interim coach

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – Former pace bowler Rumesh  Ratnayake has been appointed Sri Lanka’s coach for the tour of  Australia beginning next month, the head of the country’s  newly-appointed interim cricket committee said yesterday.

“We have appointed Rumesh Ratnayake only for the Australian  tour because there is hardly any time to look for another  coach,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) interim committee chairman Upali  Dharmadasa said.

The 47-year-old former new-ball bowler, who played 23 test  and 70 one-day internationals from 1982-1993, has been working  as a development officer with the Asian Cricket Council.

“We had to get permission from the Asian Cricket Council to  have Rumesh released for the series,” Dharmadasa said.

Sri Lanka have been without a full-time coach since Trevor  Bayliss quit after the World Cup in early April and his deputy  Stuart Law was put in temporary charge.

Law was named the new Bangladesh coach last month, leading  to another round of head-hunting ahead of the team’s tour of  Australia to play two Twenty20, five one-day internationals and  three test matches.
Ratnayake had declined an assistant coach’s job in 2007.

Dharmadasa said SLC would appoint a full-time coach within  the next three months.
“We will call for fresh applicants for the post by  advertising on the ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket websites and also  in the national newspapers.”

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