COLOMBO – Former fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake has been appointed Sri Lanka’s interim coach ahead of their home test series against New Zealand, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Wednesday.
SLC refused, however, to clarify whether head coach Chandika Hathurusingha had been sacked.
Hathurusingha, appointed in December 2017, has been criticised for the team’s poor recent performances, including this year’s Cricket World Cup in which Sri Lanka were knocked out in the group stage.
“We’ve been watching the coach’s performance for over a year-and-a-half. Based on that, we’ve taken this decision,” SLC president Shammi Silva told reporters.
“I was also in the board that recruited Hathurusingha, and we’ve made some mistakes. But if we are to do right by cricket in (the) future, we have to correct those mistakes.”