Tamil Diplomat

Not Dilshan, someone from outside team wanted removal as Lanka coach, says Geoff Marsh

Sri Lanka’s former Australian coach Geoff Marsh believes that someone from outside the team had a hand in his sacking.

Marsh, as a national coach for Sri Lankan team, was sacked from his job – just three months into a two-year contract in January 2012.

Marsh was reacting to the recent media report which suggested that Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was a national captain then, had written a letter to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board to remove Marsh as coach because he and other team members had expressed concern and it was stated that Marsh was more interested in watching his son’s play against South Africa (Australian team was touring South Africa then) rather than Sri Lanka playing against Pakistan in UAE.

Speaking exclusively over telephone from Australia, Geoff Marsh said, “he (Dilshan) and I got on well but I think there was someone outside the playing group who was on tour wanted to coachSri Lanka and he was driving a nail between us”.

“Dilshan used to ask me to his room and have dinner teaching me all the different Sri Lankan foods along with the players”.

“I loved my time coaching Sri Lanka and the players were so nice to coach but sadly it stopped”.

“I still speak to the players. I am so pleased to see the young players coming on. I was very close to Sanga ,Hearth and Mahela”.

“Sri Lanka have done well and I am happy coaching with Justin Langer at the WACA. So everyone is happy. Sri Lanka cricket has a good relationship with Australian coaches and Cricket Australia (CA) so let’s hope that continues”, he signed off.

Marsh, who was a member of the World Cup winning Australian team and also a coach later, has been invited into the Australian camp to advise the players on how to handle the pressure when their country is hosting the tournament.