By Elmo Rodrigopulle, Ceylon Daily News
Former Australian opening batsman , Geoff Marsh who played in a World Cup winning team and who later turned coach including being Sri Lankan coach is big news here. His being dumped prematurely as Sri Lanka coach is being hotly debated.
After tours to desert country and South Africa, Sri Lanka Cricket told Marsh enough is enough and replaced him with South African Graham Ford.
Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene in an interview with ‘The West Australian’ newspaper here and in a story headlined – SKIPPER IN THE DARK ON MARSH AXING – is reported to have said that the sacking of coach Geoff Marsh was unfortunate and that the team had been heading in the right direction under the former Australian opener.
Speaking further Jayawardene had lamented Marsh’s departure saying the former coach’s termination had been finalized while players had been flying from South Africa to Colombo.
‘What happened to Geoff in everyone’s eyes is very unfortunate, but we have to move on. The time we spent with Geoff was fantastic.
‘I think he’s got a lot of experience and the chats we had about moving on as a team and trying to improve certain areas were fantastic and I think we were heading in that direction.