Atapattu steps down as Sri Lanka coach


Marvan Atapattu has resigned as Sri Lanka's head coach after he oversaw one of their worst ever home seasons after Test series defeats to India and Pakistan.

Atapattu, who played 90 Tests, had worked as Sri Lanka's batting coach from 2011 and became the interim head coach last year in which he led Sri Lanka to their first Test series win in England in June.

He got the job on a full-time basis in September 2014, becoming the first full-time local coach of the national side in 15 years.

Sri Lanka lost series in all three formats at home against Pakistan, that took place from June until August this year, then went down two-one to India in the recent three-match Test series.

As a player, Atapattu scored 5502 runs in the longest format of the game while he hit more than 8500 runs in 268 ODIs.

Sri Lanka's next assignment is in October when they will the take on the West Indies in two Tests, three ODIs and two T20 internationals.