Cricket

SA's Pothas promoted to Sri Lanka interim coach

2017-06-27 19:18
Sri Lanka Cricket logo (File)

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Tuesday placed the national cricket team in the charge of fielding coach Nic Pothas before finding a replacement for Graham Ford who prematurely ended his contract last week.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said the 43-year-old former South African wicketkeeper-batsman will be responsible for preparing the team for two upcoming tours by Zimbabwe and India.

"Nic has been with our team since August (as fielding coach) and he knows the players well," Sumathipala told AFP. "He is very good with the team and I am confident he can do a very good job."

Ford quit 15 months into his four-year contract, just two weeks after the team's early exit from the Champions Trophy this month.

The 56-year-old said in a statement after leaving Sri Lanka that he was ending his second stint with the team after a "decision arrived at mutually."

Sumathipala said Pothas was being considered for promotion as the permanent head coach while the cricket board had several expressions of interest from unidentified coaches to take up the job. Those interested in the high profile position were "Sri Lankans," he added.

He declined to identify the other candidates, but said "Pothas is a strong contender for the job."

Ford, who was previously with Sri Lanka from 2012 to 2014, had said he faced a huge rebuilding task when he returned to the team in February last year, when the islanders had dropped down the rankings.

Sri Lanka failed to reach the semi-finals of this month's eight-team Champions Trophy in England, and there have been recriminations with the country's sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera accusing the players of being too fat.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who compared Jayasekera to a monkey for criticising the fitness of the national players, had pleaded guilty to breaching his contract with the board, Sumathipala said.

"He was not supposed to speak publicly and we gave him a charge sheet for breaching provisions of his contract," Sumathipala said. "He pleaded guilty and we will decide on a punishment shortly."

However, he will not be dropped from the upcoming five ODI matches against Zimbabwe, Sumathipala said adding that he was likely to be slapped with a fine.

Sri Lanka play their first ODI against Zimbabwe at Galle on Friday.

Read more on:    sri lanka  |  nic pothas  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The Proteas are currently on tour in England, involved in a four-Test series with their hosts. How will they fare? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Who should open the batting alongside Dean Elgar in SA's four-Test series against England in July?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.