GREATS RETIRE, JOKERS GO PLACES
by Rex Clementine
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has not yet explained why it decided to sack Head Coach Geoff Marsh. But, it is common knowledge he was removed due to political reasons. The new coach is a pet of certain influential elements of Sri Lankan cricket with political clout .SLC owes the public an explanation. It has to tell us exactly why Marsh’s contract had to be terminated. It was the current Chairman Upali Dharmadasa, in his capacity as Chairman Interim Committee, who hired Marsh as coach of the national team .Sadly, Sri Lanka’s cricketers aren’t fortunate to learn more from a man who is held in high esteem .
It’s such a shame that Marsh had to be hauled up before the Minister of Sports before the team left for South Africa. What a comedown for an Ashes and World Cup winner, both as player and coach. Our political nincompoops seem to think that they know better The Island also can reveal that Ford met Upali Dharmadasa and his Interim Committee in August last year and agreed to take over the Sri Lankan coaching job. But barely 24 hours later declined that position. It is not the first time that he has done that. In 2005 , after agreeing to take up the coaching position of the Indian team, he turned down the offer at the eleventh hour.