Arthur applies to be Sri Lanka head coach

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Sri Lanka's hunt for a permanent head coach has seen a number of experienced names apply, including former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur, though current mentor Marvan Atapattu has not applied.

Sri Lanka's hunt for a permanent head coach has seen a number of experienced names apply, including former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur, though current mentor Marvan Atapattu has not applied.

Atapattu has had a good run with the side since taking over from Paul Farbrace earlier in the year, though he has been the interim coach. His reason for not applying for the permanent job are unclear, even to Sri Lanka Cricket.

SLC CEO Ashley de Silva: "Marvan has still not applied for the post and today is the final day. Normally when a post is advertised you are supposed to apply, but Marvan has already done that earlier and because he is already in the system he may not have applied.

"Some have applied to become head coach and others as consultant. We have to sort them out by next week."

The list of applicants is long, and features a number of South Africans aside from Arthur, who was sacked as the Aussie coach ahead of the Ashes in England last year. Also in line for the job are Ray Jennings, Lance Klusener and Eric Simons.

Aside from Saffers, other names putting their hands up are Chris Adams, who was the Sri Lanka consultant when they were in England, as well as Somerset director Dave Nosworthy, and former Australia paceman Craig McDermott.

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