Zimbabwe appoints Marvan Atapattu as batting consultant

Zimbabwe appoints Marvan Atapattu as batting consultant

Zimbabwe appoints Marvan Atapattu as batting consultant

Written by Staff Writer

13 Jan, 2016 | 11:21 am

Zimbabwe Cricket has made two appointments in the batting and bowling departments of the senior men’s national team.

They have recruited Makhaya Ntini and Marvan Atapattu to be assistant coach and batting consultant respectively, according to a report published on Wednesday on the Zimbabwe Cricket website.

Marvan Atapattu has been roped in for the duration of Zimbabwe’s tour to Bangladesh starting from January 15.

Atapattu, the former Sri Lanka captain and coach, may succeed Andy Waller as Zimbabwe’s batting coach.

He has coached Canada and Singapore and was Sri Lanka batting coach from 2011, before taking over as head coach from April 2014 to September 2015, when he resigned.

Currently, he is only a consultant but his “contract will be reviewed after the Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, with a view to entering into a longer relationship,” the Zimbabwe Cricket report said.

Atapattu has played 90 Test, 268 ODI and two Twenty20 International matches for Sri Lanka. He made 5 502 Test runs and is fourth on the all-time double hundreds list, behind Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman (12) and England’s Walter Hammond and West Indies’ Brian Lara – each with seven.

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