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Marvan Attapatu resigns as Sri Lanka's head coach

3.13K   //    03 Sep 2015, 18:55 IST
Angelo Mathews (C) and coach Marvan Atapattu (L) look on during India Test series

Sri Lankan head coach Marvan Atapattu has resigned from his position following the defeat against India in the recently concluded Test series by 2-1. According to the reports in ESPNcricinfo, his resignation was accepted by the board.

The Wisden Editor, Lawrence Booth, tweeted minutes after Attapattu’s retirement that Sri Lanka Cricket board are keen on Graeme Ford or Chandika Hathurusinghe as the head coach’s possible replacement.

Atapattu, Sri Lanka's former batting opener during his playing days, had held the position of chief coach after Paul Farbrace from September 2014. Farbrace took over as England's assistant coach under Peter Moores.

Before joining as the head coach, Atapattu had worked as batting coach of the Sri Lankan team since 2011. The team won first its Test series in England during his interim coaching period. 

The last two home series for the Sri Lankan team were miserable as they lost consecutive series against Pakistan and India. The only other time Sri Lanka lost two home series in a calendar year was back in 1993.

The 44-year-old Atapattu has played 90 Test matches and 268 ODIs for Sri Lanka scoring 5502 and 8529 runs respectively.