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Marsh receives settlement from SLC

Daniel Brettig

December 10, 2013

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Geoff Marsh has a chat with Lasith Malinga, Abu Dhabi, November 22, 2011
Geoff Marsh was sacked as coach of Sri Lanka just four months into his tenure © AFP
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Geoff Marsh, the former Australia vice-captain, has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with Sri Lanka over his sacking as coach of the national team in January 2012.

Marsh was relieved of his duties only four months into his tenure as head coach following the tour of South Africa, where Sri Lanka won one of three Tests - their first victory in the country.

His exit coincided with a number of changes happening at SLC's board level, with the captain Tillakaratne Dilshan as well as the selection panel being replaced around that time. Marsh subsequently initiated legal action against SLC for wrongful termination of his contract, lodging his claim via Sri Lankan legal representatives in Colombo in May last year.

Upon his return to Australia, Marsh was appointed development coach for Western Australia, where he coached the state's Futures League and second XI teams, while also overseeing the growth of cricketing talent in the state. His two sons, Shaun and Mitchell, both represented Australia in recent times.

Marsh's manager and solicitor, Stephen Atkinson, said Marsh was pleased to have put the whole issue behind him.

"We were successful in negotaiting a settlement prior to the commencement of the trial," Atkinson said. "Geoff is delighted that this matter has now been resolved and he can fully concentrate on his various coaching roles in Australia and in particular his coaching duties with the Western Warriors."

The South African Graham Ford was chosen to replace Marsh, seeing out his own two-year contract before taking up the coaching job with Surrey in England.

Speaking after the settlement was reached, SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva defended the board's decision to sack Marsh and said: "The committee took the decision at that time, and it was the right one for Sri Lanka cricket."

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Posted by   on (December 11, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Sri Lanka cricket is always in a dilemma in selecting a head coach.They do not know the meaning of professionalism

Posted by ajithabey on (December 11, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

SLC has been embroiled in some sort of litigation over TV rights issues, Pay off to Managers, Coaches and staff in the past decade or so. It is time that the Administration act in a professional and transparent manner which would prevent this type of pay off situations as it is sad that the hard earned money which the players bring in to the board is squandered by the authorities.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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