Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will seek to appoint a permanent head coach by the end of the month, in order to provide certainty around the position ahead of England’s tour in November, the board’s chief executive Ashley de Silva has said.

The team is set to play seven ODIs against England from November 26, as part of the build-up to the 2015 World Cup. Sri Lanka also have a full tour of New Zealand in December and January.

“We have short-listed nine from the 15 applications we received for the post,” de Silva said. “They will be interviewed on Skype during the course of this week by the committee appointed to pick the candidate.

“We hope to finish the interviews by the end of the week and prune the list down further before inviting them to come to Sri Lanka and make their representations,” he said.

The 11-member committee that will recommend the next coach includes chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and head of coaching Jerome Jayaratne.