Marvan Atapattu resigns after two dismal home series


Sri Lanka Cricket team’s coach Marvan Atapattu has resigned from the post of head coach.  His letter of resignation has been accepted by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Atapattu took up the position in October 2014, having previously served as batting coach from 2011 and as interim head coach for a brief period from April 2014 after Paul Farbrace resigned.

The high point of his career as coach was the series victory against England in England in May/June 2014, when the Sri Lanka Cricket beat the home team in all formats of the game.

This prompted Sri Lanka Cricket to continue with Atapattu under whom Sri Lanka subsequently won an ODI series at home as well.

However in Sri Lanka’s very next sojourn to New Zealand they lost both the test and ODI series and exited the World Cup at the quarter final stage.

Back home Sri Lanka lost to Pakistan in all formats drawing the T20 and most recently the test series against India as well.

In the communiqué by Sri Lanka Cricket they convey their thanks to Atapattu for his efforts as Head Coach and Batting Coach of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team.