Many of us would prefer the great Muttiah Muralitharan to take over as spin bowling coach but his confrontations with the cricket board make him an unlikely candidate for the job. Several local and overseas candidates have applied for the position but the board will most likely narrow it down to former Sri Lanka Cricket assistant coach Ruwan Kalpage and Mushtaq Ahamed. Mushtaq has a ton of experience. He has previously worked with England and Pakistan. Moreover, he has also expressed interest in the position.
Kalpage, on the other hand, will feel confident, having worked with Chandika Hathurusingha in Bangladesh for a long time. He was also the assistant coach, spin bowling coach and fielding coach during his time with Sri Lanka Cricket.
Nic Pothas decides to quit
Nic Pothas who previously worked as fielding coach and interim head coach decided to call it a day, two months before his contract expired. He left on good terms and hopes to work in England.
“After two incredible years with Sri Lanka cricket, this is the right time for me to move on to other opportunities, which will allow me to spend quality time with my young family,” said Pothas in a statement issued by the SLC.
“I would like to thank Sri Lanka Cricket for affording this special opportunity. I would also like to thank the Board, my fellow coaches and all the players I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with, for all the support they have provided me.”
“Finally, I must thank all the supporters who follow Sri Lanka so passionately, for all their support during my tenure. It has been an honor and a privilege to be involved with Sri Lanka. It has given me the opportunity to learn and improve as a coach as well as to contribute to a very talented bunch of players. It will always hold a special place in my heart,” the statement added.
When will SLC appoint spin bowling coach?
Sri Lanka Cricket will appoint Ruwan Kalpage, Mushtaq Ahamed or another candidate as spin bowling coach after head coach Chandika Hathurusingha returns from Australia.
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