Australians show interest to coach Lankan national squad

2017-11-08 09:34:04

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) may have a new national coach from Australia.

There have been at least three former cricketers from Australia, who have shown interest to take over the Head Coach post in Sri Lanka, it is reliably learnt.

“Few Australian players have shown interest to be the coach, but we have not finalized with anyone yet”, the source, speaking exclusively, said.

Without elaborating more, the source gave at least three names, who have come forward to take up the new assignment.

“I can confirm that Dean Jones, Jason Gillespie and Andrew McDonald have shown interest”, the source added further.

Jones, the former top order Australian batsman has played more international matches (52 Tests, and 164 ODIs), than the other two.

The 42-year-old former right-handed fast bowler Gillespie has experience of 169 international matches (Tests-71, ODIs- 97 and T-20-1), whereas McDonald, the Victoria coach has played only four Tests.

It could not be confirmed how many of these candidates have been interviewed but at least one among these confirmed to this paper having already been interviewed. He showed thumbs up sign when we wished him for the role.

It may also be noted here that the current interim coach Nick Pothas, although not proved successful with the results, is very popular among the players. (Bipin Dani)

  Comments - 9

  • ANTON Wednesday, 8 November 2017 10:10


    Reply : 13       22

    bakayako Wednesday, 8 November 2017 12:04

    Learn to respect when they are coming forward to help SLC !!!!

    Reply : 14       25

    varunadhar Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:41

    No matter who takes up the job, his tenure will be very short...In Sri Lanka, cricket is no longer a "gentlemen's game"... Most of our players who failed in the recent past will show outstanding performances in tournaments like IPL, BPL, etc. It is all about "money"...Gone are the glory days of cricket....

    Reply : 4       34

    Rhonda Taylor Wednesday, 8 November 2017 12:01

    So the Kangaroos are interested in coming to coach the black monkies??? Money talks to the Aussies.

    Reply : 35       11

    Huna Wednesday, 8 November 2017 14:23

    Appoint Deans Johns , he has seen and seem to have understands all the weaknesses of SL players

    Reply : 5       5

    SAM Wednesday, 8 November 2017 15:10

    Unless we have a few players who was face a long innings and also a few wicket taking bowlers like RH we are going to have this problem. Sad to here the criticism Sana who did his best who had done his job both player and adviser had left who so many times did his best he could. It do not make a difference. Its time to cut down the Board, Stop family for tours, and stick to performance and uplift and spend School Cricket level.

    Reply : 2       11

    Niz Wednesday, 8 November 2017 15:12

    Get the guy and train School Level youngsters.

    Reply : 0       12

    V. Murali Wednesday, 8 November 2017 15:33

    So looong ...conflict of interests !

    Reply : 1       6

    cheers Thursday, 9 November 2017 08:07

    Has to be an aussie to put things right

    Reply : 0       1

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