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Sri Lanka names Marvan Atapattu as new coach

September 24, 2014

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Wednesday named former captain Marvan Atapattu as its new coach for the national cricket team, the first local to be appointed to the post in 15 years.

Atapattu steps into the full-time role after being Sri Lanka’s interim coach for five months since Englishman Paul Farbrace resigned midway through his two-year contract.

He will be the first local coach since Roy Dias in 1999.

Atapattu coached Sri Lanka to test series victories earlier this year in England and against Pakistan at home.

Atapattu played 90 test matches for Sri Lanka and scored 5,502 runs. In 268 one-day internationals he scored 8,529 runs.

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