Sri Lanka appoint Rumesh Ratnayake as interim coach

Stuart Law
Law left Sri Lanka at the end of their tour of England to become coach of Bangladesh

Sri Lanka have appointed former pace bowler Rumesh Ratnayake as their interim coach ahead of next month's visit of Australia.

The 47-year old replaces Stuart Law, who was named as the new coach of Bangladesh last month.

Ratnayake took 73 wickets in 23 Tests and 76 wickets in 70 one-day internationals between 1982 and 1993.

Sri Lanka have been without a full-time coach since Trevor Bayliss quit in April last year.

"We have appointed Rumesh Ratnayake only for the Australian tour because there is hardly any time to look for another coach," Upali Dharmadasa chairman of the interim committee said.

"We had to get permission from the Asian Cricket Council to have Rumesh released for the series."

Sri Lanka are hoping to 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," Dharmadasa added.

Sri Lanka will play two Twenty20, five one-day internationals and three Test matches against Australia.

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