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Moody's successor is fifth Australian to take charge of the team
Trevor Bayliss is new Sri Lanka coach
Sa'adi Thawfeeq
June 14, 2007


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Trevor Bayliss: impressive presentation sealed the appointment © Getty Images
Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the new Sri Lanka coach. Bayliss, 44, who succeeds Tom Moody, will begin a two-year term in August after giving up his coaching duties in New South Wales.
Jayantha Dharmadasa, president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), said Bayliss, who was interviewed in Colombo, had made such an impressive presentation that the board had no hesitation in contracting him as the next coach.
"Trevor came before a high powered committee comprising Aravinda de Silva, Sidath Wettimuny, Michael Tissera, Anura Tennekoon and Duleep Mendis, who were very impressed with his presentation," Dharmadasa said.
A stroke-playing middle-order batsman and brilliant cover fielder, Bayliss quickly made his mark as the head coach of NSW when he succeeded Steve Rixon three years ago. He became a cricket development officer for the NSW Cricket Association and was a mentor to the second XI for a long time before taking the top job.
Kanangan Mathivanan, SLC's secretary, said: "When we knew how good he was, we signed him up immediately because there are a lot of countries head-hunting for coaches at present."
Mathivanan also stated that a new clause has been included in the contract where either of the parties will have to give three months' notice if they are quitting or terminating the contract. "We were caught in a tight situation when Moody informed us at the end of the World Cup that he was leaving us. That gave us little breathing space. Fortunately for us we did not have any heavy international commitments at the time."
Bayliss was one of the names suggested to SLC for the position by Moody. The others included Terry Oliver, the Queensland coach, who was also a strong contender. He was interviewed a fortnight ago.
SLC's move to appoint Bayliss so quickly is an interesting development given that Dharmadasa had said last week that his committee was not in a hurry. He will have his first international assignment with the Sri Lanka team when they take part in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup tournament in South Africa in September.
Bayliss becomes the fifth coach from Australia to take charge of Sri Lanka since 1995. Dav Whatmore had two stints with the national side. He was followed by Bruce Yardley, John Dyson and then Tom Moody.
Trevor Penney, who was Moody's assistant, will handle the Sri Lanka team for the series against Bangladesh which starts next week.
The board appointed Rumesh Ratnayake, the former Sri Lanka fast bowler, as assistant coach to succeed Penney, whose contract expires in August.
 

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Pakistan search for Woolmer's successor

Dav Whatmore interviewed by Pakistan board
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June 21, 2007


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Dav Whatmore departs after being interviewed for the Pakistan coaching job © AFP

Dav Whatmore, who was interviewed by the Pakistan board this morning, said he was up to the challenge of taking on one of the more demanding jobs in world cricket.
Whatmore met the three-man PCB committee constituted to find a successor to Bob Woolmer, at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for nearly two hours. Speaking to reporters after, Whatmore said, "The interview went very well. It was a good discussion. Coaching the Pakistan team represents a challenge and if given this opportunity, I can produce good results. I think I am up to the challenge."
Whatmore had expressed his interest in coaching India during the World Cup, though he was eventually discounted as a candidate by the BCCI. Pakistan had also expressed an interest in his services and he remained their top choice even despite his preference initially for the India position.
"I am here because I am interested in the job. I am a professional coach and this is an opportunity to work with a very good board and a very good team," Whatmore said.
If appointed, it will be Whatmore's third subcontinent assignment: he has coached Sri Lanka twice and was, until recently, Bangaldesh's coach. "Each team carries different priorities and a different challenge. If you tackle them one step at a time, things can get better," Whatmore added.
Zakir Khan, director operations PCB and a member of the committee that met Whatmore, confirmed only that the meeting had taken place, giving no further details. Whatmore is now on his way to Islamabad where he will meet Nasim Ashraf, chairman of the board. He is also due to meet the players, currently in a conditioning camp in Abbottabad, near Islamabad.
Whatmore is the last of three Australians the PCB have interviewed for the post left vacant since the death of Woolmer. Richard Done, ICC's high-performance manager, and Geoff Lawson, former Test cricketer, were interviewed earlier this week and also met the chairman and members of the team.
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