Former Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu resigned from the post of chief coach of the national cricket team on Thursday following the team's recent 1-2 Test series loss at home against India.
Atapattu's resignation comes after the island nation lost back to back Test series against continental neighbours Pakistan and India in the last three months. It has been learnt that Atapattu's resignation has been accepted by the Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) interim chief Sidath Wettimuny.
Atapattu, one of Sri Lanka's batting mainstays during his playing days, had held the position of chief coach from September 2014 after Paul Farbrace took over as England's assistant coach. He had also worked as a batting coach of the team from 2011 and was also the interim head coach for some time before he was assigned the full charge of the team.
According to reports, SLC is likely to approach former Sri Lanka batsman Chandika Hathurusinghe for the post of chief coach as he has done remarkably well with the Bangladesh national side. Apart from guiding them to the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup this year, the Bangladesh team beat Pakistan, India and South Africa in three successive ODI series.
The other name that is doing the rounds for the post is that of former South African first-class player-turned-coach Graham Ford.
The 44-year-old Atapattu has played 90 Test matches and 268 ODIs for Sri Lanka scoring 5502 and 8529 runs in the two formats, respectively.