Sri Lanka news February 10, 2012

Marsh baffled at losing Sri Lanka job

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Geoff Marsh has spoken of his disappointment at being sacked as the coach of Sri Lanka four months in to his two-year contract. Marsh guided Sri Lanka to their first Test win in South Africa in late December and he believed the team was making solid progress, but within four weeks he was told he was no longer required and he was replaced by Graham Ford.

Marsh joined Sri Lanka at a time of change: a new interim committee had been placed in charge of Sri Lanka Cricket in July, and he was made coach in September. But by November the interim committee had been dissolved, and his first encounter with the board that was elected in January was the meeting at which he was fired, a meeting in which he said he was given no reason as to the decision.

"When I got there, there was no board left and they didn't have a board until I came back from South Africa. I only had one meeting with them and that was a goodbye one," Marsh told ESPNcricinfo. "That was the disappointing thing. I was told very little. Basically they had made their decision and that was it. I'm still not sure why. That's what was said to me.

"I thought we were on the right track. One of the goals was to play well away from home and win a Test match in South Africa and better our past performances there. We started to achieve that. I have no regrets whatsoever. I enjoyed it and working with those guys was fantastic. It's just disappointing that in the four months I was there I had two tours away, so I wasn't able to get my teeth into it in Colombo and work with all the coaches there."

Marsh was especially proud of helping the side to victory in the Durban Boxing Day Test, a win that was Sri Lanka's 19th Test victory away from home and their first in South Africa, where they have lost eight of their ten Tests. The captain in that match was Tillakaratne Dilshan, a man who like Marsh has also moved on from the leadership in the meantime.

Marsh said he sympathised with Dilshan, who was handed the captaincy after Kumar Sangakkara stood down following last year's World Cup. However, Marsh said he believed Mahela Jayawardene was the best man to take Sri Lanka forward, which would also allow Dilshan to focus solely on his own performance.

"On the field, no one gives more than what Dilshan does," Marsh said. "He's on 20 runs before he goes out and bats because he's such a magnificent fielder. But at the end of the day, every country needs to have the best captain and the best captain in Sri Lanka is Mahela Jayawardene and I think everybody knows that.

"When I got there, there was no board left and they didn't have a board until I came back from South Africa. I only had one meeting with them and that was a goodbye one"

"Dilshan tried very, very hard to get it right. The way he plays his cricket is to get out there and be positive and play his strokes. I think what happened to Dilshan was very sad. He was put into a position and then taken out very quickly and I think it was a tough period for him as well.

"But I think Jayawardene is known throughout the world as being one of the best leaders in world cricket, so he's the right man to go forward. There's no greater example [to the younger players] than Jayawardene and Sangakkara. They're just totally professional people. When Mahela Jayawardene talks in a team meeting you can hear a pin drop, he's held in such high esteem.

"They're very good leaders. Everyone follows their example and the way that they train. Sangakkara puts the pads on at the start of training and doesn't take them off until the end. If there's half a net available he'll go in there and work on his game. The thing about Sangakkara is his total concentration and focus when he practises."

Marsh has seen the Sri Lankans again over the past few days while they were in Perth, his home city, for their two ODIs against India and Australia. And while that might have served as a reminder of what could have been, he said he was keen to move on to other projects, including the possibility of further coaching down the track.

"It's a strange feeling having the boys down there training at the WACA and you feel as though you've slept in," he said. "It's really disappointing but you've got to move on. That's the unfortunate decision that they made. It's disappointing that when you start something and you're in it for such a short period and you can see improvement, that it's ended this way.

"But I was really pleased with what I did over there and the areas we were moving in and I wouldn't rule out coaching again."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on February 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I feel the SLC was wrong in the 1st place recruiting Geoff Marsh as his two sons are present Internationals for OZ and if I am not mistaken he coaches an IPL side Poona worriers. There were mixed priorities. But Geoff Marsh is a Good Guy. Mistake is Sri Lanka's.

  • Meety on February 13, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Given Marsh got the chop after 4mths, I think Ford should not be making any permanent plans after March!!!!!!!!

  • Larawasbetta on February 13, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    While it was quite odd how it happened I wouldn't feel too bad for him. They would have had to pay him out his 2yr contract. Money for jam... And to be honest, Swampy is a great bloke but a rubbish coach. Thats what 'they' say anyway.

  • on February 12, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Sri lanka back together again! Doesn't matter who captains, who opens, who bats in the middle and who SL's bowlers are. They have proved in SA and England that they are now a sub standard below par team with limited bowling quality and poor batsmenship. Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawardene all have inflated batting averages due to their love of ploughing their own home turf. The only man in that team that is high class is Samaweera. He's a proper test cricketer. Chandimal and Mathewsl reminds me of Sri Lanka in the early 80s. They are young, raw and plays unauthordox. He'll score a bit here and there but in a year or two he will be forgotten about.

  • Philip_Gnana on February 12, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Marsh was the innocent scapegoat for the failures of the team, the management and the administration. How he was asked to go is beggars belief. He inherited a team that had already lost in England and was heading down anyway. He should have been given a run with the new board and the experienced captain in Mahela. Marsh should not have been asked to go. Big mistake by the board and an embarrassment for all cricket lovers in the manner he has been treated. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Sobat on February 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Hey fist I didnt like u .. becose of the incident with the pakistan tour .. but sense then I thought u had done so well... with the test win and to win 2 ODI chasing over 300 in SA was great... I thought things was starting to get right and everybody was settling down with there work that time .. and its so sad it had to end as this... and its not a surprise becose we all know the cricket board of SL is no better then card board .wats visible today shows wat the hell they have been doing in the past and same Idiots are back ... but the game we love it dyeing in there hands.

  • SLfan on February 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Dear Geoff, Sri Lankan fans really love you and believe that you did a fantastic job during that short period. I don't want to talk anything about our cricket board because no point of wasting our precious time to talk about them.They are exposed to the whole world and has become a laughing stock of the world and they deserve it big time....Really sorry for what happened and fans know that how valuable person you are. Thank you very much !

  • FatBoysCanBat on February 12, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    WOW! This guy achieved what no other coach has before...a Test win in South Africa. Also if you told me before the ODI series that SL would lose 3-2 I would have that SL would do well to win 2 games. Another poor decision by SLC in a long line of poor decisions.

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    I wish ex Aussie players and coaches realise that SL, India and Pakistan do this often, Stay away from coaching those cricket sides they do not like discipline, hard work and the like, It shows on and off the field how lazy and what lack of tolerance they have.

  • Attractivue on February 12, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    True embarrassment for Sri Lankans!

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I feel the SLC was wrong in the 1st place recruiting Geoff Marsh as his two sons are present Internationals for OZ and if I am not mistaken he coaches an IPL side Poona worriers. There were mixed priorities. But Geoff Marsh is a Good Guy. Mistake is Sri Lanka's.

  • Meety on February 13, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Given Marsh got the chop after 4mths, I think Ford should not be making any permanent plans after March!!!!!!!!

  • Larawasbetta on February 13, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    While it was quite odd how it happened I wouldn't feel too bad for him. They would have had to pay him out his 2yr contract. Money for jam... And to be honest, Swampy is a great bloke but a rubbish coach. Thats what 'they' say anyway.

  • on February 12, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Sri lanka back together again! Doesn't matter who captains, who opens, who bats in the middle and who SL's bowlers are. They have proved in SA and England that they are now a sub standard below par team with limited bowling quality and poor batsmenship. Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawardene all have inflated batting averages due to their love of ploughing their own home turf. The only man in that team that is high class is Samaweera. He's a proper test cricketer. Chandimal and Mathewsl reminds me of Sri Lanka in the early 80s. They are young, raw and plays unauthordox. He'll score a bit here and there but in a year or two he will be forgotten about.

  • Philip_Gnana on February 12, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Marsh was the innocent scapegoat for the failures of the team, the management and the administration. How he was asked to go is beggars belief. He inherited a team that had already lost in England and was heading down anyway. He should have been given a run with the new board and the experienced captain in Mahela. Marsh should not have been asked to go. Big mistake by the board and an embarrassment for all cricket lovers in the manner he has been treated. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Sobat on February 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Hey fist I didnt like u .. becose of the incident with the pakistan tour .. but sense then I thought u had done so well... with the test win and to win 2 ODI chasing over 300 in SA was great... I thought things was starting to get right and everybody was settling down with there work that time .. and its so sad it had to end as this... and its not a surprise becose we all know the cricket board of SL is no better then card board .wats visible today shows wat the hell they have been doing in the past and same Idiots are back ... but the game we love it dyeing in there hands.

  • SLfan on February 12, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Dear Geoff, Sri Lankan fans really love you and believe that you did a fantastic job during that short period. I don't want to talk anything about our cricket board because no point of wasting our precious time to talk about them.They are exposed to the whole world and has become a laughing stock of the world and they deserve it big time....Really sorry for what happened and fans know that how valuable person you are. Thank you very much !

  • FatBoysCanBat on February 12, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    WOW! This guy achieved what no other coach has before...a Test win in South Africa. Also if you told me before the ODI series that SL would lose 3-2 I would have that SL would do well to win 2 games. Another poor decision by SLC in a long line of poor decisions.

  • on February 12, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    I wish ex Aussie players and coaches realise that SL, India and Pakistan do this often, Stay away from coaching those cricket sides they do not like discipline, hard work and the like, It shows on and off the field how lazy and what lack of tolerance they have.

  • Attractivue on February 12, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    True embarrassment for Sri Lankans!

  • Sudu_putha on February 11, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    I feel so guilty and shy about what SLCB done to Geoff March. I haven't heard anyone anywhere said anything bad about this man and its so sad to see what he got back from SLCB. I wanna say sorry...be half of all the SRI LANKANS...

  • on February 11, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Sorry Geoff you did not deserve this type of treatment from SL board. You must expect this type of incidents as a coach of an International team. I still did not know the actual reason for your sacking. I wish someone from the SL board would come out in to the open and explain the whole scenario surrounding your sacking. There must be 2 sides to any conflict. Please note other Aussie coaches such as Moody, Bayliss, Dyson and Whatmore were in the same job for a very long time. Good luck with your future projects. You were unlucky. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Good luck SL cricket team, at least you have Dinesh and Angelo.

  • on February 11, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    It is deeply disturbing news about the termination of your contract prematurely.We ordinary Sri Lankans do not agree with these knee jerk reactions from the cricket authorities and they do more damage than any good by treating a foreign coach such an insulting way.All know your value and very soon you will put your feet at the right place.All the best and we do apologise for all this nonsense.

  • on February 11, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    i may sound rude, but think Marsh is just lobbying for his next job.

  • Sakthiivel on February 11, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Good coaches wont accept the offer of SLC. Really its bad just an international coach sacked for 4 months.

  • zenboomerang on February 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Pretty poor form printing this article weeks after the event & yet while SL is on tour here... Everyone knows that the bloke that sacked all the senior cricket officials was by a politician - when things go wrong what do politicians do?... Cut & run... Blame everyone else while making excuses... He isn't about improving the team - just about getting votes in the next election... Bet he didn't take a pay cut while all the players/officials were living on handouts with wages...

  • on February 11, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Marsh is a very good coacher. He helped Sri Lankan cricket team a lot and winning a test match in SA is the climax of his short tenor. What else can you expect from heim? It is pity what cricket administration has done to him. All politics. I am sure Marsh will excel his career more than ever before.

  • Lord.emsworth on February 11, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    You cant sack an international coach in this way. Marsh didnt have time to settle down before he was booted out. There were some noises made about his watching the Aussie team play on TV while SL played their own matches but whats wrong with that? There is a lesson here for coaches. Read the small print in your contracts very carefuly and put in a few demands of your own. I must however disagree with Marsh about Mahela J.. MJ would have been booted out by ANY international team for his horrible run of batting failures. A captain must lead from the front and be chosen only on form and merit.

  • Nathan_123 on February 11, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Marsh I feel sorry for you. But I am not surprised by your sacking. You should have known beforehand how these guys work. These guys are there to ruin SL cricket not other way around. After Murli's retirement why do you think SL cricket has declined alarmingly? The board has failed to restructure the domestic cricket set up, including the school cricket. All the money came in has disappeared. Not enough money is spent on grass route level, pitchers, training facilities and most importantly developing the coaches. That's why we get young talented cricketers who do not have the confidence to play in pressure situations. The last Australia game was a prime example. SL need a good structured competitive first class set up like in Australia and South Africa ; where cricketers can learn to play under pressure and become mentally tough cricketers.

  • SL_BiggestJoke on February 11, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Tough... but if it doesn't work out the coach needs to go.

    When will India understand this?!!!

    Time to say goodbye to Duncan Fletcher and get someone more dynamic in!

  • yorkslanka on February 11, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @chris sun - we will get replacements, chandimal is one for sure, in his first year, he has scored a hundred against England in England, fifties agaisnt SA in SA and so far a fifty against Aus in Aus..bear in mind he is only 22..that is pretty good going..mathews is starting to show his potential and we have a young lad called rajapakse who by all accounts is very good..thirimanne 22 and showed promise in SA and thissara at 22 is also showing promise and performed well in SA..our problem is the constant political interference that brings our game down...cric pls post..

  • No_Excuses on February 11, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Bad luck Swampy - poor form by the cricketing powers in Sri Lanka. I don't think they should have appointed you in the first place given your conflict of interest with Shaun and Mitch. The SL cricket set up seems to be on a downward spiral. The board has no money, no decent Test bowlers and an ageing batting lineup. I hope I am wrong but I don't think SL cricket has hit the bottom yet.

  • yorkslanka on February 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    i feel very bad about the way that Geoff was treated by us..never mind the fact that it was not enough time to prove himself, it is not the way that us GENUINE sri lankans beleive in treating people..As one of the banners at the match in aus stated yesterday, this decision was made by politicians in their little games rather than genuine Sri Lankan cricket fans...as usual the little men in their big offices in sri lanka continue to try and ruin our cricket as it doesnt mater to them..cric pls post

  • lankavigi on February 11, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I also do feel sorry for marsh and also feel that he must have been given another chance. Marsh must have atleast been allowed to coach the side for this australian tour. I don't see anything wrong with the coach. It's the players who aren't performing. Players like Sangakarra and Mahela have tons of experience. These players can't be given musch advice from the coach and these players are the ones not performing. You can't pick and chop coaches, like players. They should be respected. I don't any difference in the sri lankan team now and the sri lankan team Marsh was coaching. SL are doing the tough job of getting there, but fail to win. This is really dissapointing. It was great to see Angelo back, as he scored a magnificent and tough half century and also bowled really well. The others too chipped in e.g, kulasekara, senanayaka,etc. But Sangakarra's wicket was dissapointing. Kumar and Mahela should start scoring the runs to give sl that added chance of winning.

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    sl cricket board has done a grt job by sacking jeffmarsh...it is blessing in disguise for shaun and stuart marsh to hold their gripip in aussie team

  • Urajapakse on February 11, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Jeff, I take this opportunity to thank you for your positive comments on Sri Lanka side in spite of your unfortunate leaving. You are a real gentleman & I apologize to you on behalf of all civilized Sri Lankans & I am really ashamed of what they did as a sri lank an. Because, you did not deserve that.

    It was not your fault but especially in south asia, CRICKET HAS BEEN HIGHLY POLITICIZE. They have appointed some 'jokers' to SLC who does not even no what is ABC in cricket. Gentleman who had rended great service here, has been sidelined because EVERY BODY KNOWS WHY.

    Our beautiful country was known for GREAT HOSPITALITY but now that era has gone. I am sure that knowledgeable cricket lovers would appreciate the work you did during this short time to enhance the standard & we as a country wish you all the very best in all your future endeavors.

  • Balumekka on February 11, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    I feel so sorry about Marsh. He shouldn't have been sacked.

  • on February 11, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    once again, victim to the rotten sri lankan politics same like how mahela n sanga were, that they couldnt take pressure n quit captaincy

  • NALINWIJ on February 11, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    This was a thoughtless decision made by those who have no idea where SL cricket is heading and this sacking will not add credibility to the team when they look for a coach in the future.This is a dedicated team demoralised by pay dispute and the coach did OK given the rebuilding phase following Murali''s departure.

  • buddhikapm on February 11, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Mr Marsh

    we feel sorry about what happend...as u mentioned we were coming to the correct track gradually...decision makers are not undestanding whats the best at the moment..they take decsions for some others requirements...very sorry...

  • mohanan on February 11, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    I feel sorry for Marsh. They should have given the reasons for the decision.

  • on February 11, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Goeff Marsh the cricketer & the opening batsman of Aus & won the WC for Aus under the captaincy of Made to Order for Border. Trio KC,DPMD & TD will have to go like SRT,RSD & VVS for Ind. Wake up call for both Ind & SL to groom youngesters. Goeff Marsh wish you all the best.

  • farkin on February 11, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    @chad_reid "the guy gives their first win as coach in south africa ever in a test match and they sack him theirs no amount of stupidity that can top that decision" what you have not seen some of the selections of the Australian side and the dropping of good players

  • NZLankan on February 11, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Some of the Mahela-bashers ought to read this article - but yes MJ you need to start converting those starts (that detractors call failures) - to that and redemption is at hand!!

  • chad_reid on February 11, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    the guy gives their first win as coach in south africa ever in a test match and they sack him theirs no amount of stupidity that can top that decision

  • playitstraight on February 11, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    This was a great man and coach Sri Lanka had, but they wanted to start everything "brand new" so they sacked everyone, from selectors to captain to coach. Everything was right except sacking Marsh. He only coached for 2 series, Pakistan and SA. Pakistan was definitely a disappointing one but seeing England, the no.1 side lose 0-3 means that SL should be proud that they lost only by 1-0 margin. And the SA series, a great one where they won their first Test in SA. They also chased two 300 plus targets vs SA in a row. All thanks to Marsh. I hope at least India can take him, we will love to have such a coach. I feel for this man and Dilshan, who had to go through such a terrible time that SL cricket was going through. But as Marsh said, "Mahela is the best leader for SL right now" and Dilly was never a captaincy material. But I'm sure his batting is back to normal with two 40's in a row.

  • mar2000 on February 11, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    You must expect such as a COACH .

  • on February 11, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Tough time for Marsh family ! :)

  • on February 10, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Geoff Marsh is a world cup winning coach. How have Sri Lanka progressed without Murali? All the bowlers and batsmen should step up. There is just not enough talent in SL cricket. When Dilshan, Sangakkara, Mehala all go, who will replace them. Big shoes to fill!

  • Sutiro on February 10, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    How does the old saying go? A coach should start looking for a new job the day he starts his contract. Yes, coaches are expendable. If the team wins it is because he has great players and no credit to him. (Just ask Bucks). If the team loses it is totally his fault. A successful coach must have great timing, knowing when to take on a team and when to go on his own terms. John Buchanan left with the team at the top after an awesome display in the World Cup in West Indies.

    In contrast, unfortunately, Geoff Marsh's timing is appalling. He handed over the Australian team to John Buchanan on the very eve of greatness. They won their first 15 tests under him. Marsh wanted back into national coaching and took on a Sri Lankan team at the worst possible time, in transition, no administration, no leadership and no money.

    Maybe Geoff can now spend some quality time with his sons, particularly Shaun, and see is he can get him back into the test side. I fear once again his timing is not so good.

  • on February 10, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    He is a real gentleman, it's just his personal bad time, what with watching his son Shaun too not performing.

  • Kaze on February 10, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Hilarious how silly cricket administrators are, since when does the coach dictate the performance of the team. The players do that, the coach just points them in the right direction, if the players are no good the team will never succeed.

  • Avidcricketlover on February 10, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    India is proving its hospitality by keeping Duncan fletcher even after the white washes while SriLanka has fired Marsh for making them competitive abroad.

  • Charindra on February 10, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Marsh wasn't helped by having to work with Dilshan, who is not a natural leader, a guy who is cursed with some terrible luck, and also the fall guy in Sri Lanka. Marsh might have done better with Mahela at the helm. I feel bad for him, being sacked in this way. But hey, that's Sri Lanka!

  • on February 10, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    The day before the Abu Dhabi test srilanka Vs Pakisthan ,i had a practice session with sri lankan team.what i found in our team was there are not much valuable communications among seniors.they were their own.Mr,Marsh was trying to gel them,which was hard at the time.every body need time to archive their goal,so Marsh too.even Dilshan.change the pillow will not cure headache.that should understand by the sri lankan cricket board.

  • on February 10, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    When you trust someone and give the responsibility you have to wait and see how he performs. In Marsh's case, the cricket governing body [there is no such proper body]never analysed the victories and losses Lankan team got in SA tour. The Boxing day test win was such a great achievement which happened in ages. We almost won the ODI series. But our management did not have the time to think over. They rushed in packing back Marsh. We boast of our hospitality etc. but never had the courtesy to give right explanation for this man's removal. I feel very ashamed by this action. I wish Marsh a great success in future coaching endeavors. He has to prove that Sri lankan Cricked board made a bad decision.

  • on February 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    We won the first TEST in South Africa. You Name always Link with that. Thanks !!!

  • KingOwl on February 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Thanks for the win in SA! I think that is our greatest test win ever (much better than against England in England because then, we had some exceptional bowlers). As a SL fan, I can say that we are very sorry about this whole thing. We know that Geoff Marsh is a great coach and it is such a shame that he left. In fact, we have always had great foreign coaches and it is very unfortunate that Geoff got caught up in the politics of Sri Lanka cricket. Let's hope that the SLC Board as well as Geoff M will one day reconsider! In the meantime, I hope the new coach will do a great job as well.

  • keptalittlelow on February 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Mr.Marsh is a good coach, but quite honestly he was a misfit in Sri Lanka. I dare say I dread the same for Whatmore in Pakistan, a misfit.

  • Aristocratt on February 10, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    If Marsh can be sacked four months into his assignment (that was suppose to last 24 months), why can't Disappointing Duncan (DD) be shown the door as well. If two consecutive 0-4 washouts for Team India are not enough, then what are we waiting for before we sack DD. Two years of complete routs at the hands of whoever we come across? Or do we wait until DD has got us to the bottom of the Test and One Day rankings? Don't forget that under DD India also drew a Test match against the WI it should have chased and won, especially after our players had won the World Cup and played slam bang IPL just before the WI tour. DD somehow has taken away the winning, aggressive mindset of the Indian team that Gary Kirsten had done so well to infuse in the first place. The boys now capitulate too fast, and looks like they begin by playing for a draw. Come on BCCI, take a cue from Cricket SL. They are smarter than you think they are. Do a Marsh on DD. His time is up.

  • K.A.K on February 10, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Not a good example set by the board. Decisions should be made on merit, and and not on political reasons alone. Sri Lanka is in a rebuilding stage and these off the field distractions are not good for Sri Lankan team.

  • Nirukshan on February 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I think I'm speaking for every Sri Lankan cricket lover, we're very sorry at the way our comedic cricket board decided to to treat Mr. Marsh. it's a really shame because Australian coaches have always been good to us in the past, even Tom Moody had a rough start to his coaching job with us but then again that same man took us to the brink of winning a second world cup, I'm sure great things would have followed if Mr. marsh was given the time, but this is what happens when money and power rule over the love of sport. I do wish you all the very best in your future endeavours mr Marsh, thank you!

  • on February 10, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Marsh was really unlucky, even SL fans would love to see him stay as the coach. sad that we have a board that is so unpredictable

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  • on February 10, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Marsh was really unlucky, even SL fans would love to see him stay as the coach. sad that we have a board that is so unpredictable

  • Nirukshan on February 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I think I'm speaking for every Sri Lankan cricket lover, we're very sorry at the way our comedic cricket board decided to to treat Mr. Marsh. it's a really shame because Australian coaches have always been good to us in the past, even Tom Moody had a rough start to his coaching job with us but then again that same man took us to the brink of winning a second world cup, I'm sure great things would have followed if Mr. marsh was given the time, but this is what happens when money and power rule over the love of sport. I do wish you all the very best in your future endeavours mr Marsh, thank you!

  • K.A.K on February 10, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Not a good example set by the board. Decisions should be made on merit, and and not on political reasons alone. Sri Lanka is in a rebuilding stage and these off the field distractions are not good for Sri Lankan team.

  • Aristocratt on February 10, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    If Marsh can be sacked four months into his assignment (that was suppose to last 24 months), why can't Disappointing Duncan (DD) be shown the door as well. If two consecutive 0-4 washouts for Team India are not enough, then what are we waiting for before we sack DD. Two years of complete routs at the hands of whoever we come across? Or do we wait until DD has got us to the bottom of the Test and One Day rankings? Don't forget that under DD India also drew a Test match against the WI it should have chased and won, especially after our players had won the World Cup and played slam bang IPL just before the WI tour. DD somehow has taken away the winning, aggressive mindset of the Indian team that Gary Kirsten had done so well to infuse in the first place. The boys now capitulate too fast, and looks like they begin by playing for a draw. Come on BCCI, take a cue from Cricket SL. They are smarter than you think they are. Do a Marsh on DD. His time is up.

  • keptalittlelow on February 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Mr.Marsh is a good coach, but quite honestly he was a misfit in Sri Lanka. I dare say I dread the same for Whatmore in Pakistan, a misfit.

  • KingOwl on February 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Thanks for the win in SA! I think that is our greatest test win ever (much better than against England in England because then, we had some exceptional bowlers). As a SL fan, I can say that we are very sorry about this whole thing. We know that Geoff Marsh is a great coach and it is such a shame that he left. In fact, we have always had great foreign coaches and it is very unfortunate that Geoff got caught up in the politics of Sri Lanka cricket. Let's hope that the SLC Board as well as Geoff M will one day reconsider! In the meantime, I hope the new coach will do a great job as well.

  • on February 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    We won the first TEST in South Africa. You Name always Link with that. Thanks !!!

  • on February 10, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    When you trust someone and give the responsibility you have to wait and see how he performs. In Marsh's case, the cricket governing body [there is no such proper body]never analysed the victories and losses Lankan team got in SA tour. The Boxing day test win was such a great achievement which happened in ages. We almost won the ODI series. But our management did not have the time to think over. They rushed in packing back Marsh. We boast of our hospitality etc. but never had the courtesy to give right explanation for this man's removal. I feel very ashamed by this action. I wish Marsh a great success in future coaching endeavors. He has to prove that Sri lankan Cricked board made a bad decision.

  • on February 10, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    The day before the Abu Dhabi test srilanka Vs Pakisthan ,i had a practice session with sri lankan team.what i found in our team was there are not much valuable communications among seniors.they were their own.Mr,Marsh was trying to gel them,which was hard at the time.every body need time to archive their goal,so Marsh too.even Dilshan.change the pillow will not cure headache.that should understand by the sri lankan cricket board.

  • Charindra on February 10, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Marsh wasn't helped by having to work with Dilshan, who is not a natural leader, a guy who is cursed with some terrible luck, and also the fall guy in Sri Lanka. Marsh might have done better with Mahela at the helm. I feel bad for him, being sacked in this way. But hey, that's Sri Lanka!