Sri Lanka Employ Former Surrey Coach…
Adams, who lost his job at Surrey last year, will therefore find himself up against his old Sussex colleague Peter Moores – now England coach – when Sri Lanka arrive in this country next month.
The 43-year-old was Sussex captain when Moores helped them win the County Championship for the first time in 2003.
Moores, subsequently also a championship winner with Lancashire, was reappointed as England coach last week – having previously held that position between 2007 and 2009.
Sri Lanka Cricket announced Adams’ new role on its official Twitter account on Monday – in a statement which also confirmed Marvan Atapattu as coach for the forthcoming series against England and South Africa.
It read: “The executive committee further approved the recommendation made by SLC’s chairman cricket committee, chairman selection committee and head of coaching to appoint former Sussex captain and former Surrey coach Chris Adams as a consultant for the forthcoming tour of England.”
Adams was a fine, belligerent batsman with Derbyshire and Sussex who made 48 first-class centuries. He struggled in his five Tests, however, all on England’s tour to South Africa in 1999-2000, Duncan Fletcher’s maiden assignment as coach.
As captain of Sussex he led them to their first County Championship, in 2004, and repeated the feat in 2006 and 2007.
As coach Surrey endured a slow start under him, but in 2011 he took them back up to Division One. Events at the Oval unravelled for Adams, however, with the terrible death of Tom Maynard in June 2012 at the heart of it, and he lost his job last June. He has been out of the game until now.