The Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) has engaged the services of former Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu on a year-long contract as their Director of Coaching. Atapattu’s first outing with Singapore’s national squad will be at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in Nepal this February.
In March 2009 Marvan worked with Canada Cricket as their batting coach for just over a month during the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa. Canada finished second in the tournament qualifying for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
“The difference between Canada and Singapore is that Canada Cricket have a group of cricketers who are professionals. It is much easier to work with players who are committed full-time,” he added.
In July 2009, the SCA appointed Australia’s Trevor Chappell as coach and a month later Singapore were triumphant at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6. Singapore were undefeated in that tournament, winning the final against Bahrain by 68 runs. Marvan, having worked under Chappell when he was Sri Lanka’s fielding coach in 1999, credited the win to both coach and the players.
After the completion of the WCL Division 5 tournament, Marvan will oversee the coaching of the U-16 squad as they prepare for the ACC U-16 Elite Cup in Nepal in March.
“ACC Development Manager, fellow Sri Lankan, Bandula Warnapura says of Marvan, “It’s rare to get three things from a coach as you do with Marvan; batting, fielding, captaincy. He’s played at the highest level with a certain class and if he could even bat a little in front of the Singapore players they will learn a lot just by watching him. I expect him and the team to do well.”
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Filed Feb 1st, 2010