Australian Trevor Bayliss was named on Friday as Sri Lanka's head coach on a two-year contract.
Bayliss, 44, was appointed soon after making a presentation to a committee compromising several former Sri Lanka captains. He starts the job in August.
"The committee, which included Aravinda de Silva, Sidath Wettimuny, Michael Tissera, Anura Tennekoon and Duleep Mendis, were very impressed with his presentation," board chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa told reporters.
Bayliss, who takes over as Sri Lanka coach from fellow Australian Tom Moody, has been coach of Australian state New South Wales for the last three years.