26 Apr 2014

Atapattu named interim Sri Lanka coach

11:11 am on 26 April 2014

Sri Lanka has appointed former captain Marvan Atapattu as the interim head coach of their cricket team following Paul Farbrace's resignation earlier this week.

Atapattu, 43, will be in charge of the team for their tour of Ireland and England starting next month and the subsequent home series against South Africa.

Farbrace resigned to become England's assistant coach after guiding Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh earlier this month.

The fielding coach and former off-spinner Ruwan Kalpage will be Atapattu's deputy for the two series.