Jerome Jayaratne performing the duties as interim head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team at the Galle Cricket Stadium nets with off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal

Sri Lanka Cricket’s search for a permanent head coach has attracted five aspirants who have applied for the post according to CEO Ashley de Silva.

De Silva stated that when applications closed on October 6 there were five who had sent their CVs to become the head coach of the Sri Lanka team and all of them were from overseas. He did not want to disclose the names as the applications had been sent on the trust of anonymity.

“These applications will be processed and evaluated at the next interim committee meeting scheduled for October 20,” said De Silva.

“We will take the next course of action after that. If we are not satisfied with the applicants we may have to head hunt for one,” he said.

With the Sports Minister announcing that elections to Sri Lanka Cricket will be held in January there is the likelihood of a new administration coming into place.

But De Silva assured that whoever is selected would be given a two-year contract with their performance to be reviewed after one year.

Sri Lanka Cricket is currently run by an interim committee headed by former cricketer Sidath Wettimuny.

Following the resignation of Marvan Atapattu as head coach after the Test series against India in September, Sri Lanka Cricket appointed its head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne as interim coach to oversee the role of head coach for the ongoing series against West Indies, until such time they find a successor to Atapattu.