Rumesh Ratnayake named Sri Lanka coach for Australia series

Former Sri Lankan Test and One day player, Rumesh Ratnayake has been named Sri Lanka’s Head coach for the forthcoming Test, One day and T20 series against the Australians.

“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.

Rumesh Ratnayake replaces Stuart Law, who was named as the new coach of Bangladesh last month.

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.

Ratnayake made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1982-1983 at Christchurch. He took 73 Test wickets in a career which spanned 26 Test Matches. He made his ODI debut against the Indians in Bangalore in 1982, and captured 76 ODI Wickets in his illustrious career, which ended in December 1993.

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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