Two Aussies in the running for Sri Lanka head coach role

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Two Australians are amongst the 11 applicants competing to replace Graham Ford as the Sri Lanka national cricket team’s head coach when the South African steps down in January.

Ex-Sydney Thunder coach Shane Duff and former Victoria coach Michael O’Sullivan have both submitted applications, but whilst the Sunday Times has suggested that Greg Chappell could be approached for the position, he has not formally applied for the job.  Sri Lanka Cricket have stated that “there were several other interested parties who were deprived of submitting their applications due to time constraints,” and so for now it appears that the door is open for further applicants.

Other names in the 11 currently under consideration include Paul Farbrace, who was Trevor Bayliss’s assistant during his time in charge, and former players Ruwan Kalpage and Marvan Atapattu, with the latter touted as favourite last month.

No deadline has been set for a decision, with a committee headed by Mr. Ranjith Fernando and comprising of M/s. Mohan de Silva,  Nishantha Ranatunga, Nuski Mohamed, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ashley de Silva and Jerome Jayaratne, appointed to take the process forward.