Atapattu eyes SL CWC glory

2014-09-26 11:49
Marvan Atapattu (Gallo Images)

Colombo - New Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu targeted more success Friday for cricket's reigning T20 champions in next year's 50 over World Cup, saying morale was on a high.

In his first press conference since landing the job full-time, Atapattu said there was no danger of complacency among his players and even star batsman Kumar Sangakkara recognised there was room for improvement ahead of the tournament in New Zealand and Australia.

"It is the World Cup that is our focus. Our morale is high. We have had a good run in the past six months and obviously the challenge for me is to sustain the success and build on it," Atapattu told reporters.

"I have a team of players who are willing to listen and learn. Even the world's number one batsman (Sangakkara) always wants to learn something new to add to his game."

Sri Lankan cricket has been buoyed by its T20 World Cup triumph in April followed by Test series victories against England and Pakistan when Atapattu was interim coach.

Although world number one team South Africa did snatch a 1-0 victory in a two-Test series in July, the 43-year-old Atapattu did enough to impress cricket chiefs who handed him a two-year contract earlier this week.

"The main challenge obviously is to maintain our recent success," said the former opening batsman.

"I want to have transparency in what I do so that all players know what our plans are and how and where they fit in," added Atapattu, who was part of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup winning team.

Sri Lanka will warm up for the World Cup, which runs from February 14 to March 29, with 15 ODI matches against England and the tournament's co-hosts New Zealand.

Atapattu, a former skipper for the national side, is the island nation's seventh coach in the last four years but is the first Sri Lankan to hold the post in 15 years.

He replaced Englishman Paul Farbrace who quit in April after just four months in charge to become England's deputy coach.

Read more on:    sri lanka  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

The Proteas have announced plans to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe starting on Boxing Day. What do you make of this?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.