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Sri Lanka set for coaching structure overhaul


Nic Pothas (l) has also agreed to end his contract with SLC.

Nic Pothas (l) has additionally agreed to finish his contract with SLC. © Getty

Sri Lanka Cricket’s coaching division is set for a big overhaul with former Test cricketer Asanka Gurusinha set to take in as High Performance Manager. Gurusinha, 51, was once appointed as Cricket Manager in March 2017 and was once later passed extra powers after being named a selector. He is anticipated to take over the placement vacated through Englishman Simon Willis.

Willis made up our minds to finish his contract with SLC early because of circle of relatives causes and Gurusinha is tipped to take over the placement after Sri Lanka’s excursion to West Indies in June. He will organize the aspect within the Caribbean the place the vacationers will play 3 Tests.

Like Willis, Fielding Coach Nic Pothas too has agreed to finish his contract with SLC early. Pothas, the previous South African wicketkeeper batsman, was once employed through Sri Lanka in 2016 because the Fielding Coach. He was once appointed as period in-between Head Coach after his mentor Graham Ford stepped down as head trainer in June 2017.

Pothas was once on the helm as Sri Lanka dropped Test collection, at house and away, to the #1 ranked India. In between Sri Lanka ended Pakistan’s unbeaten run within the UAE because the gulf area turned into the rustic’s followed house in 2010, profitable a two fit Test collection 2-Zero.

SLC Chief Thilanga Sumathipala had sponsored Pothas as a long-term trainer. However, after SLC roped in former Test cricketer Chandika Hathurusingha from Bangladesh mid-way thru his contract overdue closing yr, Pothas’s function was once undermined. SLC was once prepared for Pothas to proceed as Fielding Coach touring with the Sri Lankan aspect, however he had asked to be promoted as Assistant Coach. However, Hathurusingha’s selection for Assistant Coach was once former Test cricketer Thilan Samaraweera, who were the group’s Batting Coach since November.

Pothas remained in Colombo and oversaw coaching of Sri Lanka’s construction groups at R. Premadasa Stadium and it’s believed that each events had agreed to finish his time period early on mutual consent. Whether SLC will rope in a Fielding Coach or advertise Manoj Abeywickrama, who has crammed within the function within the absence of Pothas continues to be noticed.

SLC had additionally marketed for the submit of Spin Bowling trainer and can come to a decision at the candidate after Hathurusingha returns to Colombo from Sydney the place he’s based totally. The Head Coach returned to Australia for a destroy after the Nidahas Trophy.

Several out of the country applicants had implemented for the Spin Bowling trainer place, however former all-rounder Ruwan Kalpage stays the best choice. Kalpage has had a protracted affiliation with SLC having functioned in many alternative roles comparable to Fielding Coach, Spin Bowling Coach and Computer Analyst. He was once additionally a part of the coaching body of workers with Hathurusingha in Bangladesh.

The place of former nice Roy Dias, who was once the Under-19 group’s Head Coach, can also be crammed all through the following couple of weeks. The main applicants are Chaminda Vaas, Harsha de Silva, Thilina Kandamby, Malintha Warnapura and Prabath Nissanka.

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