The Srilankan Cricket Board has today said a statement that the team coach Marvan Atapattu has resigned from his position and the board has accepted it. However, neither the board nor the coach has given a reason of the decision taken.
Marvan, has officially held the position of the head coach since September last year, after Paul Farbrace’s departure. Marvan was also the batting coach since 2011 before he was made the head coach of the team. During his tenure as the Srilankan coach, the team has 0verseen a test series win in England after 16 years.
Marvan, has also been the first local coach to train the national side in 15 years. However, things have not been in favor of the head coach since last ten months. Marvan was considered widely as an excellent technical coach. But he is understood to have been less impressive as a man-manager – which was seen by the board as a particularly worrying trait, in Sri Lanka’s transition period.
This improbability and the failure of the team at the top level, seems to be the reason for the departure of the head coach. Srilanka has not yet own a series this year. The home ODI series back in 2014, against England remains the only trophy the team has own since the appointment of Marvan as the head coach.
The resignation of Marvan, comes after the team winning only two tests out of six tests since June, losing series in the home season against India and Pakistan. The last time the team has lost two home series in a calendar year was in 1993, ESPN reports.