Sri Lanka news January 22, 2012

Marsh to be replaced by Ford as coach

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Sri Lanka Cricket are set to replace current coach Geoff Marsh with Graham Ford, the former South Africa coach, ESPNcricinfo has learned. The decision, which is expected to be announced after the one-day series against South Africa, is the latest by the board to revamp the set-up around the national team - the selection panel was replaced last week and it is believed the captaincy is also set to change hands.

Ford earlier this week resigned as head coach of the Dolphins, the Durban-based franchise, saying he wanted to "follow my dreams of involvement at an international level".

He will be the third coach appointed by Sri Lanka since Trevor Bayliss stepped down after leading them to the 2011 World Cup final. Marsh was appointed for two years in September, 2011 and was in charge for the tours against Pakistan and South Africa. His appointment appeared to end a period of upheaval following Bayliss' exit. Stuart Law, who was Bayliss' assistant, took over for the England tour before quitting to coach Bangladesh. Rumesh Ratnayake then took over for the home series against Australia, before Marsh's appointment.

Ford took over as coach of South Africa from Bob Woolmer in 1999 and held the position till 2001. He moved to Kent as director of cricket in 2004, and in 2006 he returned home to take charge of the Dolphins. In June 2007, he was offered the challenge of coaching India but declined. In 2009, he withdrew his name from the shortlist of candidates for the England coaching job.

Sri Lanka has come in for much criticism since reaching the World Cup final, having lost every Test and ODI series they have played since then and captain Tillakaratne Dilshan might also be replaced by Mahela Jayawardene following their poor performance in South Africa. When asked in Kimberley, on the eve of the fourth ODI, whether he would accept the job if offered, Jayawardene said, "I will have to think about it. I will need some time."

Phone calls to SLC president Upali Dharmadasa went unanswered while secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said he could not comment on the matter.

Sri Lanka have lost three and won one of the five Tests they played under Marsh's stewardship, though that win was their first ever in South Africa. They have also lost seven of the nine ODIs they have played. When he took over, Marsh had said he was keen to extend his two-year contract to help Sri Lanka win another World Cup. Instead, his term has lasted just four months.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • anuramala on January 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    SLC - very poor decision! Marsh should have been more time - after all he was recommended by Tony Greig and Tom Moody who probably loves SL cricket more than our beloved administrators.... @BroccoliPower...I dont know how much Champaka has worked with the fast bowlers but one thing if for sure....our fast bowling unit is not performing! and to be fair he did not have a glamourous career himself. You dont have to be Einstein to figure out that there is a huge difference in quality between of the coaches of SA bowling (Allan Donald) and our Champaka (has he even played in South Africa?) @CricketFan2011WC - so True...I couldnt second it more....you drop Mahela on lively pitches we win matches.....Most overated Sri Lankan batsman..if not the world!

  • CricketFan2011WC on January 25, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Another wrong decision by SLC. I really do not understand what these guys are thinking. Appoint weakest links in the SL side as captain and vice captain, sacking Marsh given only few days of work and when finally SL started performing when the weakest link, who performs very very badly in bouncing pitches, Mahela is absent. Pls correct me if I am wrong. His stats on bouncy pitches talks for his credentials. Hope cricinfo posts this comment. SL-fan.

  • on January 25, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I think it is not fair to replace the coach Greg Marsh. He is new to the job and it should take at least six months to get used to the players and the environment. From what I gather, he seems to have the correct approach to the job. He has reccommended that the "tail enders" ( usually the bowlers) also should be given batting practice. This, I think is a good move. It is pathetic to see some of these players at the wicket.

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    to espn chekmate es this is a great website mainly focused on india..nt abt srilanka!! thy post thoz items tooo but..i f u r nt sure just chk out the cartoon section.....ewrthng abt 99% ipl r sm indians...nthn abt intrntnal criket

  • taniap on January 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Another scapegoat. Wake up SLC - admit your wrongs and try to make amends at least now.

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I dnt see any mistake in his coach he just got three tours hw can you judge him he needs some time............................................

  • espnchekmate on January 24, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    don't the cricketers in the national side and SLC SELECTORS read articles and reports published in CRICINFO.......... I KNOW THEY MUTE THE TV IN THE DRESSING ROOM WHEN THEY PLAY A MATCH.......BUT NONE OF THOSE INQUISITIVE PEOPLE OR CURIOUS PEOPLE within the team and management,DON'T THEY EVEN READ A SINGLE COMMENT THAT IS POSTED IN Cricinfo........ or their not allowed or players like MAHELA AND SANGA ARE GRANTED PERMISSION BY THE SLC TO JUST SAY SOMETHING 2 THIS GREAT CRICKET SITE CRICINFO AND NOTHING MORE..... I'm pretty sure GREAT TEAMS LIKE INDIA benefit a lot and get a lot out of the box info through this site where as our players either are not that sophisticated or don't know that a VALUABLE site of this magnetitute exist... which one of these ????can any of the current players in the SRI LANKA national team answer this QUESTION???????

  • on January 24, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    @GDarshana Why would not he watch his son's match in Sri Lanka.Its his own son for God sake. U should be angry if he discarded his family responsibilities for work

  • on January 24, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Who ever made this decision; it is a very bad move.once again politics in the srilanka cricket. giving captaincy to mahela another dum decision. what is the total score mahela scored in SA tour?????? I BELIEVE GOING TO BE A DISASTER when srilank visit to Australia. Please change the sports minister and give it to somebody who loves cricket and konws cricket.

  • playitstraight on January 23, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Geoff Marsh was never a great coach, it was seen in the IPL when he coached Pune Warriors and they lost 6 in a row. But I don't know who this Graham Ford is, I think SL were better off appointing Aravinda de Silva or someone else.

  • anuramala on January 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    SLC - very poor decision! Marsh should have been more time - after all he was recommended by Tony Greig and Tom Moody who probably loves SL cricket more than our beloved administrators.... @BroccoliPower...I dont know how much Champaka has worked with the fast bowlers but one thing if for sure....our fast bowling unit is not performing! and to be fair he did not have a glamourous career himself. You dont have to be Einstein to figure out that there is a huge difference in quality between of the coaches of SA bowling (Allan Donald) and our Champaka (has he even played in South Africa?) @CricketFan2011WC - so True...I couldnt second it more....you drop Mahela on lively pitches we win matches.....Most overated Sri Lankan batsman..if not the world!

  • CricketFan2011WC on January 25, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Another wrong decision by SLC. I really do not understand what these guys are thinking. Appoint weakest links in the SL side as captain and vice captain, sacking Marsh given only few days of work and when finally SL started performing when the weakest link, who performs very very badly in bouncing pitches, Mahela is absent. Pls correct me if I am wrong. His stats on bouncy pitches talks for his credentials. Hope cricinfo posts this comment. SL-fan.

  • on January 25, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I think it is not fair to replace the coach Greg Marsh. He is new to the job and it should take at least six months to get used to the players and the environment. From what I gather, he seems to have the correct approach to the job. He has reccommended that the "tail enders" ( usually the bowlers) also should be given batting practice. This, I think is a good move. It is pathetic to see some of these players at the wicket.

  • on January 24, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    to espn chekmate es this is a great website mainly focused on india..nt abt srilanka!! thy post thoz items tooo but..i f u r nt sure just chk out the cartoon section.....ewrthng abt 99% ipl r sm indians...nthn abt intrntnal criket

  • taniap on January 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Another scapegoat. Wake up SLC - admit your wrongs and try to make amends at least now.

  • on January 24, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I dnt see any mistake in his coach he just got three tours hw can you judge him he needs some time............................................

  • espnchekmate on January 24, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    don't the cricketers in the national side and SLC SELECTORS read articles and reports published in CRICINFO.......... I KNOW THEY MUTE THE TV IN THE DRESSING ROOM WHEN THEY PLAY A MATCH.......BUT NONE OF THOSE INQUISITIVE PEOPLE OR CURIOUS PEOPLE within the team and management,DON'T THEY EVEN READ A SINGLE COMMENT THAT IS POSTED IN Cricinfo........ or their not allowed or players like MAHELA AND SANGA ARE GRANTED PERMISSION BY THE SLC TO JUST SAY SOMETHING 2 THIS GREAT CRICKET SITE CRICINFO AND NOTHING MORE..... I'm pretty sure GREAT TEAMS LIKE INDIA benefit a lot and get a lot out of the box info through this site where as our players either are not that sophisticated or don't know that a VALUABLE site of this magnetitute exist... which one of these ????can any of the current players in the SRI LANKA national team answer this QUESTION???????

  • on January 24, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    @GDarshana Why would not he watch his son's match in Sri Lanka.Its his own son for God sake. U should be angry if he discarded his family responsibilities for work

  • on January 24, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Who ever made this decision; it is a very bad move.once again politics in the srilanka cricket. giving captaincy to mahela another dum decision. what is the total score mahela scored in SA tour?????? I BELIEVE GOING TO BE A DISASTER when srilank visit to Australia. Please change the sports minister and give it to somebody who loves cricket and konws cricket.

  • playitstraight on January 23, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Geoff Marsh was never a great coach, it was seen in the IPL when he coached Pune Warriors and they lost 6 in a row. But I don't know who this Graham Ford is, I think SL were better off appointing Aravinda de Silva or someone else.

  • 6pack on January 23, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    A bit harsh on Marsh.... you can never judge a coach's credentials based on two tours. Marsh hardly had time to properly pronounce the names of his players. Having said that... I hope the Ford appointment leads to positive results. Glad Mahela is taking over as captain - calm head is needed to see the team's transition.

  • RohanMarkJay on January 23, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have stuck with Geoff Marsh long term i.e. should have given Marsh at least 5 years as Sri Lankan cricket coach. I felt Geoff Marsh was just about to turn things around for Sri Lankan cricket. Again Sri Lankan cricket shoots itself in the foot by replacing him. Hope this doesn't affect SL cricket in 2012. Hopefully his replacement will take Sri lanka forward. I am sorry to see Mash leave after such a short stint. I quite like Marsh and I am sad to see him go. Chopping and changing all the time is not good for SL team stability. Plus, Geoff Marsh served under Bob Simpson and Allan Border. He was a vital cog in his playing days in making Australia a world beating team. He could have brought a lot of knowledge and experience that he gained to Sri Lankan cricket. We don't know details though of why Marsh is replaced. However do know that SL cricket has been going through a rough patch since the World Cup final 2011.

  • Kyle_Jones235 on January 23, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Well it is clear to me that Marsh was sacked because the administration thought that the team would be better with Ford, rather than simply sacking Marsh because they blame him for the team's failures. They probably got some form of confirmation that Ford was willing to take the reigns and then went from there. I persoanlly do prefer Ford over Marsh, I believe what happened to Marsh is unfortunate, but for the good of the team, I think this was a correct decision. Ford has proved to be a successful coach in the past, and I'm sure he is pleased with Sri Lanka's turn around in the latter end of the SA series. My only worry is that he has little time for preperations before the tri-series in Aus. Hopefully he can manage to organize and implenent his plans quickly.

  • Wolfpac on January 23, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    To everyone having commented, there were rumuors going on there were miscommunication between coach and the team and some internal issues. And that is the reason why he is being taken off. You cant go on when you have an internal issue and for all saying australian coaches dont work, well hello whatmore, moody and baylis were all australian mate

  • Urajapakse on January 23, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    This is not good for Sri Lanka cricket In the long run. You hire a person like Marsh & fire him within no time. Coach cannot play on behalf of the team & it is a combination of so many things. He had a good reputation & when we take a decision like this, SLC has to be very careful.

    It might happen to Ford also. Best bet is to appoint a local coach in the caliber of Roy,Rumesh.

  • jonnybtestmatch on January 23, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    IMO SL had a reasonable tour of SA in the end only losing by a one gam emargin in both the test and ODI series. What more could they have done without the resources in the bowling department. The decision is ridiculous.

  • SLMaster on January 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Those who says Marsh good .... think about India & Greg Chappell. India failed miserably under Greg. Under Marsh SL made obvious errors like India under Greg. It is pretty clear... then India got Gary Kirsten to make inroads. SL didn't had the positive energy with Marsh. Please watch how relaxed is SA under Gary.

  • SLMaster on January 23, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I think Marsh should go...because SL cricket missed the tactical aspect of the game under him. Which do not need time to establish. For example, Helping a captain to make a pitch decision & Bowling options and field plan etc. Dilshan is the one who got the raw deal because he didn't get a better support from coaches or senior players. Under Dilshan bowlers failed, Jayawardena & Mathews failed, Sanga was inconsistent etc...

  • on January 23, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    SLC try to pass the ball to coach....... Without selecting proper team....

  • Allen.Arendtsz on January 23, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    It is really disappointing to see Geoff Marsh being axed, as a Sri Lankan supporter I feel for our national team, as they often tend to try too hard bring out good results for example: Srilanka were bowled out for just 43 runs our lowest total against South Africa, then the next game we scored just 19 runs in the first 10 overs ( the bowling power Play) and then we managed to score another quick 217 in the last 40 overs of the game in which South Africa went on to win, at the end, but Sri lanka improved in that game, the next game was initially won by South Africa as they were just 4 runs ahead but I tought SL should have won the game if wasnt affected by rain, since then on SL managed to win both of the remaining two games, quite brilliantly in the end.The part where I am astonished about is why should the Sri Lanka board change the coach as well as the captian when Sri Lanka is taking its learning curve and has had the most successful tour to South Africa as far as i can remember.

  • Tanaka_Yakuza on January 23, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Drop Dilshan may or may not be the right decision. But why on earth you give the leadership to the WORST PERFORMER of the tour by the name Mahela Jayawardena?! IF anything he should be promptly dropped from the team for his pathetic performance in the tour. FYI, WE WON BOTH ONE DAYS without him.

    SL fans SHOULD ALSO NOT FORGET that last year Mahela put his IPL club before the country and arrived in England very late and skipped practice games thus helping us to achieve an embarrassing defeat. Anyone who put money before country DO NOT DESERVE TO LEAD. period !

  • Inaz on January 23, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    For the sake of Srilanka cricket, please sack the sports minister.

  • on January 23, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Hey this is utter madness. Who is taking the decision. Not many international coaches will be taking up SL after this. Is it Sanath Jayasuriya or Mahindananda who is initiating this silly move? I doubt the SLC President Dharmadasa has a say here knowing the other two.

  • FunDMental on January 23, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Very ordinary decision. A new coach will again take time to deliver result!! SLC should have allowed enough time for Marsh to work on SL team to understand players and the system well. Expelling Marsh is not the solution to SL team's failure. They were so desperate earlier without a coach and they approached Marsh several times offering the position. Now they want to get rid of him without giving an opportunity to make difference. Unbelievable!!!!

  • Naushad79 on January 23, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    hey we need to stick to one coach doesn't matter if it is Marsh or Ford, SL team need time to recover. it is not only the coach, we missed few players specially Murali, no replacement cant tally him, i feel our bowling unit is week, so the coach needs time to pickup a proper team by trying few players here and there, but ultimate goal is to get a proper team to next world cup. but when we keep on changing coach every time we loose a series we will surely loose the world cup, forget about winning at least to make it to the quarters.

  • Shehan4u on January 23, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Cannot believe such shortermist decisions are taken by the board..Somebody must be getting a good cut for it for replacing him i guess.

  • Decimus on January 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Geoff Marsh is one of only cricket coaches to experience WC success as player and as coach. SL were very lucky to get his valuable services for 2 series under the very poor captaincy of Dilshan. SL cricket will be doomed with politicians coming into cricket. Sacking the captain is one thing but this is ridiculous. Feel sorry for Geoff.

  • on January 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket is in a transitional period after the world cup with the retirement of Murali, the captaincy of Dilshan and the likes of samaraweera and silva being dropped. The new selection panel I hope will be better than the previous (the one that took over soon after the WC). Jeevan Mendis was dropped after he bowled well in the ODI's against Pakistan, Dilshan was sent down the order (never a good idea) and Mathews plays as a batsman when we have youngsters like Thirimanne, Banuka Rajapaksa and a veteran like Samare to play in the middle order. I agree with changing the selection panel and the captain. The coach however, needs more time. He has shown improvements by giving us our 1st test win since Murali's retirement. 1-0 to Pakistan is not such a bad result (we can see England the #1 side struggle). They should have at least waited till the end of the Aussie tour to decide on Marsh. The captain and the selection panel need to be changed.

  • dextergold on January 23, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    The problem with Srilanka's recent pathetic performances is not coz of Geoff Marsh. It is only coz of Dilshan... I suppose there wud be more chances of miscommunication b/w Marsh & Dilshan as everyone knows how gud Dilshan is, when it comes to communication. He is more of a selfish player and completely lacks team spirit & team skills. Srilanka shud first understand the differences in potential b/w Sanga & Dishan. Sanga lead the team to world cup final and exposed Srilanka as a potential threat to others in the Internation Arena.

    @Srilanka: if you want to retain Dilshan, plz go with Srilankan as a coach... no more foreign coaches... Understand the root cause of the prob... it is not the problem coz of Marsh.. it is the problem coz of the process that has been followed to appoint a forieng coach for the team.. So replacing Graham Ford - matters nothing, if dilshan continues to be the captain.

  • on January 23, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Only Marsh????? What about the bunch of other coaches????

  • on January 23, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    No doubt that Ford is the better coach but Marsh wasnt bad. Its just that the team isnt being able to process any coach's input into a suitable output.. Hope SL cricketteam dont make fool out of Ford.

  • Johanan on January 23, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Geoff,its harsh on u.its all politics in SL.Capt's ar not allowed to do anything free.feel sorry4 dilsh & marsh.true,dil is nt a gud cap.his style wnt suit cap bt he is unlucky.he got 4 series vs top 4 teams.in that 3 away series.HAd Arjuna,Sanath,Marvan,/mahela got 4 top series,the result wud been worse sometimes.People hv short memory.all hv 4got the 99W/cup under arjuna.v won only vs Zim.even by3wkt.

  • FLIPPER_99 on January 23, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    A good decision by the cricket board. Marsh was never involved with the players enough to assist their problems and even on the eve of the Pakistan test series he had spent the day watching his son Marsh play for australia instead of planning strategies so all in all this is a great decision

  • on January 23, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Geoff has nothing to do with the poor performance of SL. This is all about seniors faliure and there is no sign of a future of SL cricket.

  • Meherdeen on January 23, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    I was surprised when I saw that the same commitee of selectors who were in this job sometime ago and was kicked out, were brought back. C'mon President of SLC, we need people with commitment and sense to be selectors.Regarding Marsh my sympathies.

  • on January 23, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    This is rediculous!! What kind of decisions are these??? SLC has gone totally insane. No more comments, but I also feel sorry for Marsh. But I am sure SLC will pay the penalty where it loses credibility and good people will turn their back when SLC wants them? How long Ford is going to survise?

  • GDarshana on January 23, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    What is the use of a Coach, who was watching his son's match, while there was a live match SA vs SL in the ground. WAS THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY? And SLC also too stupid to get him as a coach, person who visited to watch his son's tournament in Sri Lanka

  • on January 23, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Its time we change the Captain..........Its cramping his batting style too.

  • on January 23, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Its a good decision! We don't need a coach who watch Australia playing when SL vs PAK matches are in progress. Clearly his role as the Father is over looking the coach as the SL team. If he is there for the Aus tour he will definitely have loyalty issues...

  • Sachwid on January 23, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Fine example of sports ministers' knowledge of cricket !

  • Balumekka on January 23, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    This is ridiculous! As a keen observer and a die hard fan of SL cricket team, I can easily list the reasons for recent poor show by the Sri Lankan team. 1. Poor team selection (When ever they dropped a key player, it proved costly: Samaraweera for Pakistan tour, Mendis for 1st test vs Aus) 2. Poor captaincy 3. Poor team spirit (among senor players: Dilshan vs Mahela & Sanga) 4. Politics Sacking selection committee is Good, But the new committee is a even a bigger joke! Sacking captain is OK! But sacking Coach is ridiculous (under his guidance, youngsters shined). SLC must give Marsh some time to settle and decide on replacing him!

  • Dilruksh on January 23, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    its a gud idea to replace the coach because he is concerned only about his son even when the SA SL test match was played.he should be concerned about the team first.and i would say that the batting coach too should be replaced

  • Meety on January 23, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Yes, good job SLC. Sack Ford after 2 months! LOL!

  • on January 23, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    Geoff still needs time. His axing is too abrupt. He was improving.

  • zenboomerang on January 23, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    SL just stabbed in the back a good coach... Swampy Marsh coached Oz in the 1990's culminating with the 1999 WC when he retired & became a selector building what was one of the great teams of all time... He then coached Zimbabwe for 4 years during a politically tough time & was replaced for political reasons in the end aka J Howard... SL lost to Oz at their home 1-0 before Marsh... Then with him 2 series away culminating in SL 1st ever win in SA, & 2-3 in ODI's, while the players were not getting paid for many months... Bit like dragging the team through a desert, finally finding water only to have it been poisoned by your boss...

  • ChrisPerera on January 23, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I don't have any faith on Asantha De Mel as the new Chairman of the selection committee

  • zenboomerang on January 23, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    @mari2619 :- "he needs to do more coaching at state level before taking international duties"... lol... Your complete lack of knowledge about Oz cricket is amazing - Geoff Marsh was coach of Oz, national selector, etc...

  • on January 23, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    very good option take sri lanka cricket board, ford is perfect coach several times his prove it .......

  • S305 on January 23, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    Thank you Geoff Marsh for all your efforts: you've laid a foundation for the restructuring- Sri Lanka, to build upon. These weird 'decisions' from SLC aside, the players have showed their love for you. That should say it all.

  • Hodra99 on January 23, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    This is crazy.....Marsh coached Sri Lanka to their 1st test win in SA, and they were unlucky not to win the one day series against a very very good team in their conditions...Who would feel comfortable taking this job??? Ford will be looking over his shoulder all the time, just waiting for the knives to come out. If India held the same philosophy then Fletcher would be gone by now also...

  • BroccoliPower on January 23, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    @devalochana Ranasinghe: do you have any idea how much Champaka has worked on our fast bowlers. If not for him there wont be any Nuwan Pradeeps or let alone Lasith Malinga. I dont know what Marsh did or not do, but he deffinitely seems to have gotten a raw deal, on the srface. But who kows as to what was going on in the team, maybe the team didnt like him. So anyways lets just focus on the future without lamenting on the past like a bunch of Indians.

    Yea cricinfo go ahead and not post this cos I used the "I" word, shame on you "moderators" who are biased as the word can ever be.

  • on January 23, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    can't judge a coach in 3 months. I think Marsh should have been persisted with

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 23, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    This is ridiculous; Marsh did what no other Sri Lankan coach ever has - a Test win in South Africa. Yes they lost the series but this was a remarkable achievement. And if you told me at the start of the ODI's that it would be a hard fought [except for the first game] 3-2 series result in favour of South Africa, I would have said Sri Lanka have done well. Bad decision for SLC. Most of us think the WICB and BCCI are ruining their country's cricket [which they both are] but it's no where close to the extent that SLC are ruining Sri Lanka's cricket.

  • Prem2248 on January 23, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    After continuing with the seniors known for reckless hitting regardless of their pathetic perfomances, a thing any sensible person wouldn't do and, when all things have gone wrong they put the blame completely on a innocent person.There is no need to change coaches unreasonably for the blunders made by the local selectors. They who ever took the decision didn't seem in the least, it would be a black mark for this great cricketer's profession concerned. As a matter of fact it is top class knowledgable crickters the likes of Madugalles Attapathus that should be appointed as selectors.

  • SRAM20 on January 23, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Time for BCCI to follow suit and dump Duncan Fletcher. Ever since he took over, it has been nothing short of a huge disaster for India. Duncan had similar results with England too towards the end of his tenure with them (England were whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes in Australia, and India are on the verge of two such results now). India should play without a coach for about 5-6 months (have Lalchand Rajput, our temp coach during the T20 WC in 2007 come back as interim coach) and then find a suitable coach and support staff during this period to take over. We need guys like Donald or Pollock to take care of bowling. Stephen Fleming would be good as the head coach. Or Pollock himself as head coach.

  • Prema1948 on January 23, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    This is a big insult to a great Cricketer ( Mr Geoff Marsh), he should have sought advice of former Australian coaches before taking up the job particularly from the SriLankan born Mr Dave Whatmore who has been mainly responsible for our WC win though the credit has unceremoniously been taken away from him by the media personnel who came into the scene soon after our WC win. Not only the local media the administrators(businessmen) who were in office since mid-80s are very much ignorant of the Game that is why, every affair related to Cricket in SL is in a mess, at present. I feel this decision; whoever took it has done a big blunder. If he, Geoff was in a possition to groom two World Class Cricketers (Shaun & Michelle) there is no reason why he couldn't become one of the World's top class coaches.

  • on January 23, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    he was more interested in his sons performances...he used to watch aussie matches in dressing room when SL is struggling in Pakistan !

  • on January 23, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    The Marsh family is having a bad run these days ......

  • on January 23, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    What is Marven still doing there? hasent the batting been S.L biggest problem. Marven never seemed to get on with anyone while he was a player, and obvious that no one is listening to him as a batting coach, he should have been the first to go , considering the great batting talent S.L. has. Getting rid of Marsh before a Aussie tour is probably going to be S.L. Crickets biggest mistake yet.I feel sorry for Graham Marsh, he has taken the blame for those 3 other so called specialist coaches and a captain who dosent seem to have a clue. There is a old saying in Sri Lanka.....( IT IS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW ) .That is why a good Coach Like Marsh is going and 3 clowns who think they are coaches and Captain who brings himself on to bowl at a important stage of a game and gets trashed is staying.WAKE UP S. L BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

  • on January 22, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Sack the minister and drop Mahela. Keep Marsh. Give captaincy to Sanga or Angelo.

  • Ms.Cricket on January 22, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka won their last two matches without Mahela Jayawardene. It is a lesson worth learning for all struggling teams to get rid of their white elephant non-performing older players and give youngsters a chance. Giving Jayawardene the captaincy when he is not even deserving of a spot in the team based on his performance in the last several series will once again take Sri Lanka backwards.

  • TYJAY on January 22, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Well Australian cricket coaches would not be an good options !!!!

  • on January 22, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going through infighting in the team; team is apparently not happy with Dilshan - Typical result like the Pakistan team of old ( when there were traitors in the team)! After losing the first three ODIs and giving the series to South Africans, they won the last two ODIs fairly convincingly!

  • on January 22, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Mahela is out of form and may not be the best choice as new captain. It is wise to keep Dilshan as captain and groom Angelo to take over in about 3 years. I think marsh got a raw deal from the SL cricket board.

  • on January 22, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Bad times for Marshs! Dad sacked, son flopping with the bat in test series against India.

  • Dilmah82 on January 22, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    This is absurd...good luck to SLC when it comes to finding a full time coach in future. They must have expected miracles from Marsh. Given all the turmoils and instability both withing the board & team the results were expected. Any coach, even greats from other sports like Alex Ferguson or Phil Jackson would have had same results given the scenario. I'm guessing th cash strapped board will ned to pay out the remainder of contract unless they had a performance based clause!!!

  • mikespoff on January 22, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    This is crazy. I can understand that SL were unhappy with the results of the SA tour, but it's still the best that they've done in the country, and it's far too soon to start axing the coach. 3-4 months is not long enough for him to make a serious impression on the team.

  • on January 22, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    well for Sri Lanka nothing will happen until the political interference end.Dilshan is one of the best all rounders in the world.We honestly can't blame him for the out come of recent past.Why, because he has done nothing wrong by accepting the captaincy when there was no one else to take it on.Sanga or Mahela will lead the team, but the loosing habit will not change unless SLC change the way they handle the team.Politicians have to stay out of this game once and for all.As I believe, Arajuna Ranathunga has to take over the SLC president chair while Aravinda De Silva making guard as selection committee head.Marvan,Hashan, Murali,Sanath ect have to help SLC to get the best players from all island.SLC has to kick out unnecessary employees because they can use the money to support out station cricket.SLC must use people who has already have a knowledge about this game if they really want to see something big from srilanka.

  • Ameega on January 22, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    As simple as this! Boys on the ground tried hard to earn a sort of respect to SL during last week, and did. Boys in the office tried to spoil the image of SL. And surely they did that too. Finally SL bashers have something for this week at least, despite of the two 'miracles' in a row!

  • Philip_Gnana on January 22, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    It is good that SLC have got a new chairman of selectors. Duleep Medis did sweet nothing and let the slide continue. Marsh, inherited a dung hill. I cannot understand how SLC could have expected him to turn things around. It is the IPL that has to take most of the blame. IPL took preference over the Tests way back before the England tour. Who allowed the seniors to stay behind playing in the IPL? BCCI? Once again it will be the SLC going to the BCCi with a begging bowl. Right from the time non cricketing persons and business men with questionable background took over the running of cricket, it has been in a financial mess. It is sad that the IPL has taken over even the so called recognised players. THIS MESS IS NOT MARSH'S FAULT. SLC has got another head, another political figure, another businessman ..... there will not be any improvement. The only good thing is that Ashantha De Mel is the chairmen of selectors. De Mel had youngsters in mind all the time. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • ARad on January 22, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    If you have a problem, you should change what is wrong or figure out how to EXACTLY improve things. This apparent wholesale change shows that the management has NO CLUE and there is ZERO ANALYSIS being performed to find out what is going wrong. This is change by blind hacking. This will create insecurities in players as well as future coaches but professional athletes usually thrive on CONFIDENCE, NOT INSECURITY. Quality coaches would be hardly lining up to be associated with such a setup. The SLC management and the politicos who are pulling the strings could be doing LONG-TERM DAMAGE to Sri Lankan cricket with their actions and I feel sorry for their fans.

  • Cricketluv on January 22, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    If he has had no any PR problem with the players this is a very rude decision. The entirety of cricket i Sri Lanka was in the dark after the WC final debacle. Marsh took only two tours to take SL to to an unimaginable in the backdrop of non Murali , non Malinga scene- a test win against SA in SA. And an ODI series win could have been there had all important luck had been with SL.Sorrry Marsh. I believe who will consider your next application will think of all this. Thank you for looking after SL cricket in one of its darkest hours

  • MH19 on January 22, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Very bad decision by SLC. I wonder if they had any idea what they expect form a coach and in my opinion Goeff has produced the most possitive result in our cricket tours.In South africa with Different Conditions test series 2-1 and the one dayers 2-3 this is a good result compairing the failure and the leadership and also the administration Geoff has done well.Australian tour would have been good with him and under him the youngsters have performed which is a good sign. Marsh should now spill the beans in SL with the media the interference of the admin and also the palyers attitudes which SLC should take it possitively. Shame on you Sri Lankan Cricket.What has Marvan,Kalpage and Ramanyake done to retain their positions?

  • on January 22, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Crazy! Marsh you deserve better. Thats all we need now. A South African coach?

  • johnathonjosephs on January 22, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Ford? Is this the same Ford who denied India when India asked him to coach for them? Why does he want to coach Sri Lanka over India? I'm no expert, but I'm guessing that India would have paid a lot more money than what Sri Lanka is offering. He must really love Sri Lankan cricket then

  • on January 22, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Not the best coach in the world can motivate a team to perform when it hasn't been paid in over 6 months! While I am all or a fresh start, it should be with drawing up a development plan. No need to change the team - they all have talents. I must however admit that I will feel more comfortable with dilhan stepping down as captain

  • on January 22, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    I was not sure if Marsh was the right guy for this job when he was appointed. However, it is embarrasing to remove a coach who has not been given a proper chance (ie >= 2 home series). I hope that he gets paid the full amount of his 2 year contracy at least. I hope that Dilshan is not behind this decision ....finding a scapegoat for his inadequacies. I cannot believe that Marsh was behind any of the terrible decision making that went on recently...e.g leaving out Samaraweera. Sacking Marsh is an equally terrible descision and Graham Ford please note the kind of psychopathic decision making that seems to prevail in the SL cricket board. Rather than removing Marsh we should concentrate on adding on a proven bowling coach to coach the likes of Suranga Lakmal and Thissara Perera. I would like to see someone in the Alan Donald/Glenn McGrath/Wasim Akram calibre giving specialist coaching to our young fast bowlers and not so young like Maharoof and taking them to their full potential.

  • on January 22, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Dear Geoff, Thank you for your invaluable contributions to Sri Lanka. I am devastated that you are yet another victim of the politics in SL cricket. Wish you and Sean the very best in your futures.

  • yorkslanka on January 22, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Disgusting decision, this is not how we should treat people..marsh was not given a fair chance and it also puts more strain on our finances..as usual it's the minister proving he knows absolutely nothing about cricket..cric,would be nice if you could stop ignoring my comments and post pls?

  • on January 22, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    When our intelligent ministers make some blunders, no one asked them to go home. Shame on them. But they did for Marsh. He didn't prove himself. There may be some issues in the team selection, management and planning beyond his control. This is simply unprofessional.Our Cricket board is not only bankrupt in all department but also taking some havoc decisions without thinking the future of the cricket. I agree with some of the comments that Dilshan should step down from the Captaincy. To me Sanga still fit into that task if he agrees to take up again. Mahela is OUT. Mathews is too early. Captaincy should be handed over to Mathews smoothly.

  • 07sanjeewakaru on January 22, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    SL cricket will pay the price for this.I thought Marsh would resign with this team and administration.But they sack him.After upcoming AUS tour they may sack this SA coach and may find SA(south AUS) coach sure the will.Feel sorry for Marsh.With this team he could't 've done any better for this hurry.

  • Afta on January 22, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Yes, Geoff Marsh got a raw deal, but I think his inputs were found wanting when compared to the previous coaches that we've had.

  • rajithwijepura on January 22, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Roy Dias would be a great coach if SLC given him a chance to coach srilankan national team

  • cricketpizza on January 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    I think that Marsh has done something never achieved before by winning 1 test and coming closer in one day series by3-2 which is much better achievement considering that How Indians are performed in England and how the current series is going on in Australia. I think Dilshan was never suited for the job since he doesn't have the skills and temperament for a leader we need to groom youngsters for the job but till then Sanga or Mahela should get the captaincy. Should also give good run for the youngsters in order to train them and give proper opportunities for the players who perform in the premier league it's amazing no body noticed that Ajantha Mendis was included to the team after playing permier league B the highest wicket taker in the pemeir league A at that time was Sachithra Senanayake. Why the selection committee waited so long to give this guy a go. Please give the opportunity for the players when they are in form.....

  • on January 22, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    this is a good move ! Actually reports say that Shaun March was watching his son batting during SL vs PAK series when SL were strugging..Also sources said he once watched a Australian match and fell sleep next day while Sri Lanka is struggling ! I am not saying SLC is innocent but they had to take this decesion.Aso with the youngsters coming up ,new coach, Mahela as captain with Dilshan paying freely , future loooks good for SL cricket.

  • Kays789 on January 22, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    sri lanka could've achieved so much more glory in cricket if it werent for these short-sighted politicians/administrators ruining the game at every opportunity. marsh deserved a longer run. four months is nowhere near enough to prove himself. the game in SL will forever suffer because of politics.

  • MAW71 on January 22, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Typical Sri Lankan political interference. First of all they should get rid of that idiot of a sports minister who has re-appointed the well known thief Asantha De Mel as a national selector. With that sports minister and the cricket board Sri Lankan cricket will go backwards not forward.

  • on January 22, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Knee jerk reaction . That was hasty and insulting to fire Marsh in such a short time. There are other major problems, like with administrators,selection board, political intereference, a captain who did not set an example by being responsible, salaries etc. A subcontinent coach will never be able to institute the work ethic and discipline.

  • MENDIS_Forever on January 22, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    The SLC doesn't have any proper idea.Feel sorry for Marsh.

  • on January 22, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    why sending marsh away? when we should be sending marvan and champika away? Marsh just got adjusted to the new team he didn't have time to bring out his tactics and ideas into the team yet. And by assigning the team to another new coach we are making SL team to face another new coach and to adjust to his methods. Meaning they will take more time to become a better side. SLC committee should think before they act!

  • on January 22, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    IM still confused.........

  • on January 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Marsh family on upheaval, not quite. On one hand Geoff is sacked as coach, on other Shaun's pathatic form goes on. The only shining star is Mitchel. He'll probably win the title for Perth Scorchers in next week final at Perth.l

  • serious-am-i on January 22, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    you are replacing a coach just after 1 or 2 series ? That must be the biggest joke unless Marsh or the team had some sort of issues with him.

  • yohandf1984 on January 22, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    As per my point of view, the first person to quit is sports minister of SL who never possessed his capability . Secondly Asantha de Mel should not be aalowed to take duties as chief selector .Such outdated personals will never make good selections. Appoint smbody like Aravinda , Arjuna, Sanath or even Kaluwitharana whom have idea of post 1996 cricketing culture .Its fair to sack Dilshan as captain but should nt be out-of -form Mahela . Make Thilan for Test and Upul Tharanga for ODI /T20 .Why the hell they sacked Marsh who hardly had any time to work with team .Utterly nonsence . This will refrain top quality overseas coaches accepting our offers in future . This sort of immature decisions will let SL cricket further down - im not a cricket annalyst or expert , but being a die hard SL fan for last 2 decades cant hang on seeing these comedy at SLC .

  • on January 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Pathetic. 4 months and virtually no time to build a strategy. And he goes out with two wins in a row. How does all this make sense?

  • on January 22, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Marsh was never a good option. welldone SLC.

  • on January 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Even BCCI can adopt same ideas!...

  • on January 22, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    I honestly feel sorry for Marsh..! He didn't get enough time to prove himself and the benefit of the doubt should have been given to him for at least 1 year..! Other point is as to how Kalpage - Marvan and Champaka is surviving...! This sort of favoritism would not help SL cricket at all..! If Marsh goes that TRIO needs to leave definitely...!

  • playitstraight on January 22, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka need some stability badly, they keep on switching the selection panel, the captains, the coaches, and the team ever since the World Cup 2011. I think Dilshan should step down as captain, he has been the main cause for all these changes.

  • Marcio on January 22, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    4 months. Way to go SL! With that kind of vision you are sure to be making your way down the rankings even furhter.

  • S.Alis on January 22, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I wonder if BCCI will rethink about Fletcher position after clean wash in Australia.

  • on January 22, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Ridiculous, Sri Lanka are fast becoming the new Pakistan, i.e. make knee jerk changes to the coach and captaincy at every opportunity. I could understand Dilshan going as his style of batting is never going to suit being captain and having to set a responsible example, but to sack Geoff Marsh for losing in South Africa (which Sri Lankan team hasn't?!) and before he's even had a chance to lead then in a home series, very harsh.

  • Mary_786 on January 22, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Good decision, i don't think Marsh was the best man for the job, he needs to do more coaching at state level before taking international duties. Could be a double blow for the marsh family with son Shaun also in line to lose his spot after a terrible series against India.

  • on January 22, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Sri-Lanka would be better off finding a Sub-Continent Coach. They know the conditions, culture, payers mindset better. They are more intuitive, knowledgeable about cricket and try new things. By their very basic instinct Sub-Continent Coaches are more inspirational, motivational. Anglo-Saxon coaches are good administrators, good in PR, better in relationship with referees, umpires and ICC. SL need Cricket rejuvenation and not administration.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 22, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    SLC NEEDS TO REPLACE CAPTAIN RATHER THAN COACH .

  • on January 22, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    I cannot understand why they need to remove Marsh, thats ridiculous. If the problem is the captain behind those losses, then why coach is removed. If the coach is behing those losses, why they remove captain?. This is ridiculous ! They would have removed captain and then see how Marsh would go with new captain. I cannot and dont know why they really need to remove Marsh. This is bad for Sri Lankan people also, we have always keep good hospitality for other people. This is ridiculous !

  • on January 22, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    why is he being replaced even before a year if he was appointed for a 2 year stint.is it because SL lost to SA in SA.that was always expected and in between they had their first test victory in Africa which was a great performance(one of the highs of SL cricket).SL seem to be grooming a decent set of bowlers and they would soon need replacements for Jdane ,Sanga and Dilshan.Strange decision at a strange time......only positive is Ford being a proven coach and a candidate with a better profile.then why wasnt he appointed before.Why should the SL board waste time and money with Geoff Marsh..any answers....

  • on January 22, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Now only one post is left to be replaced. Guess what it is!!

  • zavahir on January 22, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Ridiculous move. The next tour is Australia , so SL sacks an Australian and replace him with a South African. Hope they will pay Marsh his dues.

  • Ngaraj on January 22, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Think India are also in a very similar situation.. both the selectors and the coaching team need a complete revamp, if at all BCCI is serious about regaining some of the lost pride!!!

  • Dan2982 on January 22, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Poor old Marshi ought to have deserve more time & space. He is one seldom Aussie who requires SL sympathy. Wrong man in a Wrong place @ a wrong time. Headless leader, no senior support, no strike bowlers, ample enough political pressure-what a combo! Hope Graham Ford will find the going gets comparably easier with Mahela on the box seat supported by Sanga.

  • ButWhatDoIKnow on January 22, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Unprofessional as it gets from Sri Lanka Cricket!! Marsh is hardly the person to blame for the sad predicament facing the Sri Lankan game... He is just made a scapegoat. Now Ford will have to use more precious weeks and months to get used to the set up. With an immediate ODI tri series in Australia looming, the new coach will literally have just a couple days to bond with the team... that's unfair by the players AND the coach. Alarming situation!!!!

  • KingOwl on January 22, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Were these performances really due to problems with the coach? I think the fans need some answers. I hope they will come in the coming days and weeks.

  • Sports4Youth on January 22, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka is in a very bad shape. Its a bad thing to happen to the. Not long ago they looked quite attractive with their flaboyant style of game.

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Should India also fire Duncan Fletcher.. He couldn't help India win test matches in England and Australia and for the next 2 years India will be playing only at home. Do we need a foreigner to teach us how to play at home !!

  • stevejohnson1010 on January 22, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    India should learn something from this!! How on the earth same cricketers brought India glory by winning world cup, and now looks difficult whether they can beat Bangladesh convincingly! High time to drop Duncan Fletcher and bring in Stephen Fleming as coach (Former New Zealand captain)

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    i dont think Geoff had any thing to do with the recent failures... hash call

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I'm not really sure what this is going to achieve

  • chaturanga86 on January 22, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Bring Back Tom Moody

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Get rid off Mendis too please..:D

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    The bizarre decisions continue, how can you judge a coach after 2 series especially given the turmoil and stupidity of the board (not playing the countries only successful sports team nothing for 8 months). Unless Marsh was unable to connect with the players then it's perhaps a fair enough decision, but if Ford is brought in and has like many a coach before him no say in team selections etc then he'll get fed up and leave.

    Not sure why they didn't pursue Whatmore, but then again he prolly is sick and tired of dealing with the SLCB. Captaincy is definitely the bigger worry as Dilshan is just totally lost and his effectiveness as a player is lost at a time his career was going well.

    It's not the ideal scenario to bounce back to Mahela, but since Sangakkara doesn't want it then he's the only real other choice as the rest of the players are simply inexperienced.

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Guys.....any coach today needs more time to settle into the groove,specially in the sub continent,with more political involved in cricket,

    miracle don't just happen these days,you need time for the team to regroup and put things right.you learnd from every tour and if the Sri Lanka board doesn't understand this.........it's bye ...bye to sri Lanka cricket.

    Gine more time to the coach and the Captain too.......Murali's void is not that easy to fill.

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    get rid of Dilshan also, drop him from captaincy but also from the squad, he is not a good example for other SL players he plays recklessly and is too inconsistent, Angelo Mathews should be captain

  • Nev_19 on January 22, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    This is downright DISGUSTING & UNPROFESSIONAL - to axe after just 4 months on the job. Is the Coach the only one responsible, in that is he TYING the hands of the Team from performing? Such Archaic systems should be dealt with by professionals by refusing (future) jobs - taking on Training that team.

  • om.pani on January 22, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Dilshan poor captiancy cost jeff marsh job.captiancy is the main and only reson behind the sl recent performance.

  • Highflyer_GP on January 22, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    lol what's with all the teams wanting a South African coach?

  • Sinhaya on January 22, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I dont think this is the right thing to do! Give Marsh more time.

  • on January 22, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Can't judge a coach in just 3 months, another poor decision by SLC. A coach can't change the entire system. first we need to develop school and domestic cricket so good players would come through the system and stay in the system. i know many who have given up cricket and started another profession

  • Gloryof96 on January 22, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Marsh will stay BUT Mahela will not take over untill Dulip Mendis is out + no interference from politics .... so now the ball is in the GOSL's court, do they want the best captain SL ever had or do more damage and kill Sri Lankan cricket .... !

  • Charindra on January 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Got to feel for Marsh. He's being unceremoniously thrown out after just two series. He might have done better with a different captain actually. Dilshan has virtually no leadership skills, and the burden of captaincy is affecting his batting. I just hope Ford turns out to be a good choice.

  • on January 22, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    we hope sri lanka will come beck

  • on January 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Good.sack Marvan Athapattu & the fielding coach too.Also the physio..

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    There is something about disasters and Aussies coaching an Asian team. Sadly Marsh is the next in line. Aussies don't understand how an Asian team operates. They think it's just like home down under. The skills they bring are remarkable but sadly that doesn't reflect in terms of good performances by the teams. Greg Chappell was a disaster for India, Geoff Lawson wasn't very good for Pakistan and now this one. Dav Whatmore was an exception for SL back in 1996 when they won the world cup. But he was just a one off. The bottom line is don't hire a foreign guy to coach your team. You are better off with an Asian or your own countrymen.

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Maybe, instead of looking at blaming the coach for the team's "poor performance", the Sri Lankan cricket board should look at themselves for low morale ! How many months has it been now that these poor players have been without a monthly salary???? Being remunerated for plying your trade, receiving compensation for being away from home for months etc is the very least that the players should be able to expect. How will the board be able to look the players in the eye for breaking their contract and having to pay Geoff Marsh out for the duration of his contract whilst withholding the players wages?? Swampy, you do not deserve this mate !!!

  • IshanH on January 22, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Mahindananda Aluthgamage (the sports minister a.k.a. Mr. know-it-all) should be made the coach!!

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Marsh was good coach i believe coach can just help make plan and its execution totally depend on players in field so SL will struggle even after change of coach because their team selection is poor and there is no bench strength .Mahela has not scored in last three series and still he is offered captaincy he should have been dropped .If you must have to change captain give it to Sanga or some youngster like mathews or chandimal

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    It's the sports minister who should be sacked not the coach.

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    It's disappointing to see Marsh go since I think he would of been an ideal coach for Sri Lanka in the coming years. What Sri Lanka need to do is not bring politics into sport and the results will be for the better. Until subcontinent nations mix sport with politics, only then will you achieve better results.

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  • on January 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    It's disappointing to see Marsh go since I think he would of been an ideal coach for Sri Lanka in the coming years. What Sri Lanka need to do is not bring politics into sport and the results will be for the better. Until subcontinent nations mix sport with politics, only then will you achieve better results.

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    It's the sports minister who should be sacked not the coach.

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Marsh was good coach i believe coach can just help make plan and its execution totally depend on players in field so SL will struggle even after change of coach because their team selection is poor and there is no bench strength .Mahela has not scored in last three series and still he is offered captaincy he should have been dropped .If you must have to change captain give it to Sanga or some youngster like mathews or chandimal

  • IshanH on January 22, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Mahindananda Aluthgamage (the sports minister a.k.a. Mr. know-it-all) should be made the coach!!

  • on January 22, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Maybe, instead of looking at blaming the coach for the team's "poor performance", the Sri Lankan cricket board should look at themselves for low morale ! How many months has it been now that these poor players have been without a monthly salary???? Being remunerated for plying your trade, receiving compensation for being away from home for months etc is the very least that the players should be able to expect. How will the board be able to look the players in the eye for breaking their contract and having to pay Geoff Marsh out for the duration of his contract whilst withholding the players wages?? Swampy, you do not deserve this mate !!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    There is something about disasters and Aussies coaching an Asian team. Sadly Marsh is the next in line. Aussies don't understand how an Asian team operates. They think it's just like home down under. The skills they bring are remarkable but sadly that doesn't reflect in terms of good performances by the teams. Greg Chappell was a disaster for India, Geoff Lawson wasn't very good for Pakistan and now this one. Dav Whatmore was an exception for SL back in 1996 when they won the world cup. But he was just a one off. The bottom line is don't hire a foreign guy to coach your team. You are better off with an Asian or your own countrymen.

  • on January 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Good.sack Marvan Athapattu & the fielding coach too.Also the physio..

  • on January 22, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    we hope sri lanka will come beck

  • Charindra on January 22, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Got to feel for Marsh. He's being unceremoniously thrown out after just two series. He might have done better with a different captain actually. Dilshan has virtually no leadership skills, and the burden of captaincy is affecting his batting. I just hope Ford turns out to be a good choice.

  • Gloryof96 on January 22, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Marsh will stay BUT Mahela will not take over untill Dulip Mendis is out + no interference from politics .... so now the ball is in the GOSL's court, do they want the best captain SL ever had or do more damage and kill Sri Lankan cricket .... !