Ratnayake appointed assistant coach
CRICKET: Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday confirmed the appointment
of Rumesh Ratnayake the former Sri Lanka fast bowler as their assistant
coach for a period of four years.
Ratnayake will succeed the present assistant coach Trevor Penny whose
contract with the Sri Lanka team expires at the end of August. Sri Lanka
Cricket Interim Committee chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa said that they
are also looking at the possibilities of getting the services of
Ratnayake for the forthcoming home series against Bangladesh.
However getting the services of Rumesh Ratnayake for the Bangladesh
series is in the balance as currently he has a commitment with the Asian
Cricket Council (ACC). The secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket K. Mathivanan
said that they would definitely get a confirmation on Ratnayake's
availability during the first week of June.
Mathivanan said that getting the services of Ratnayake is a
tremendous boost which will help Sri Lanka to maintain their high
standards on the field following their successful campaign at the recent
International Cricket Council World Cup (ICC) in the West Indies where
they emerged runners up to Australia.
Mathivanan said that their main task is to get Ratnayake released
from the Asian Cricket Council where he is presently functioning as a
Development Officer. The discussions regarding to his contract will take
place soon and Ratnayake is expected to take up his new job early
Mathivanan said that Ratnayake is a qualified level four coach and
his contract would probably last for a period of two or four years.
Prior to working with the ACC Ratnayake successfully headed Sri Lanka
Cricket's fast bowling academy.
Ratnayake played 23 Tests and captured a total of 73 wickets at an
average of 35.10 and was more than useful tailender scoring two half
centuries in Tests.
His most memorable performance of course was when he bowled Sri Lanka
to their maiden Test victory in Colombo in 1985 by capturing nine Indian
wickets for 125 runs. He also took 76 wickets from 70 one day
internationals and figured in the 1983 and 1987 World Cups.
Sri Lanka will have a busy international programme during the next
six months where teams from Bangladesh, and England are scheduled to
tour the island. In addition they will compete in the inaugural Twenty20
tournament in South Africa in September which will be followed by a two
test series against Australia in Brisbane and Hobart in November.