Secretary of the Sri Lankan Interim Committee K Madivanan said, ''We have shortlisted three candidates, including Steve Rixon, and we are very hopeful we will have the right candidate with the required credentials to take on the job.'' Queensland Bulls coach Terry Oliver is believed to be the front-runner for the post, while New South Wales coach Trevor Bayliss has also been linked with the role.
Sri Lankan authorities have interviewed 44-year-old Oliver, who is contracted to the Bulls until the end of the 2007-08 season.
''We are hopeful we will be able to finalise everything before the end of the month as it is important to have everything place soon,'' Madivanan was quoted by PA Sport.
Earlier, Rixon was also reportedly linked with the Pakistan job.
''They (Pakistan) have made contact with me, I have spoken to them,'' Rixon told a cricket website. ''I haven't indicated whether I'm interested yet. I'm finding it extremely hard to get over the fact Bob Woolmer is no longer with us, to be honest. I'd never say never, but I'll be interested in the results of the inquiry.''
Rixon, the 53-year-old former Australia player, had a successful stretch as New Zealand's coach from 1996 to 1999 and also coached Surrey and New South Wales previously. He was earlier hoping to be the coach of the Australian team as John Buchanan's replacement but Australia instead chose Tim Nielsen.
Rixon played in 13 Tests and 6 One-day Internationals between 1977 and 1985 coming into the Australian side as wicket-keeper in 1977-78 after Rodney Marsh joined World Series Cricket.