Sri Lanka news September 23, 2011

Geoff Marsh appointed Sri Lanka coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Geoff Marsh, the former Australia batsman and coach, has been appointed coach of the Sri Lankan team, filling the vacancy created by Trevor Bayliss' departure after the 2011 World Cup. Marsh's two-year term begins on September 27 and he will not continue coaching the Pune Warriors IPL franchise.

"I told Pune Warriors and they were very good about it. Coaching an international team takes a lot of time and being able to fit both of them in just wouldn't have happened," Marsh, who was with Pune during IPL 2011, told ESPNcricinfo. "They're very comfortable with it. I enjoyed my year at Pune Warriors. They're a fantastic family. They could see that coaching an international team is an honour, so it was all good."

Marsh had been in talks with Sri Lanka Cricket when he was in the country during Australia's recent tour. His appointment ends a period of upheaval in Sri Lankan coaching following Bayliss' exit. Stuart Law, who was Bayliss' assistant, took over for the England tour before quitting to coach Bangladesh. Rumesh Ratnayake was in charge of the Sri Lanka side for the home series against Australia.

Marsh played 50 Tests and 119 ODIs for Australia, and was a member of the World Cup winning side in 1987. After retirement, he became a level 3 qualified coach and was at the helm of the Australian side from 1995 to 1999, when he became the first - and so far only - cricketer to win the World Cup both as player and coach. Subsequently, he took over as coach of Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2004. He was also a national selector for the Australian team.

Marsh continues the trend of Australians coaching Sri Lanka, after Dav Whatmore, John Dyson, Tom Moody, Bayliss and Law.

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  • Akheel on September 26, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    with all the ludicrousness associated with SLC, it somehow found a way to appoint great coaches. Best of Luck to SL & G Marsh.

  • Richard on September 24, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan-Whatever you reckon. Are you having a bad day? You seem to be spoiling for an argument. You won't get it from me. I couldn't care less about the 'Pune Warriors'.

  • sri on September 24, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    @Biggus Accept it or not. He did not give up that job. Pune mgmt felt he was too soft in handling the team. They made their displeasure public. There was an article that said they were hunting a new coach.

  • Nilantha on September 24, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Good signing for us,hopefully the politicians will not meddle too much and he may extend the contract to get us through the wc.I don't understand how someone can say Aussie coaches aren't suitable,we have always done well in the past under Aussie coaches...I think we will do well with batsmen like chandimal,thirimanne,rajapakse and bowlers like lakmal,eranga,pradeep,prasanna,randhiv..and the man who should be captain,mathews , the future looks promising:...good luck SL and Geoff marsh.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Well done S.L we have now arguably got the best cricket coach in the world. The only problem is that Geof has only agreed to2 years, So that means 12 months Before the world cup we will be looking for a new coach. S.L. Will never have a better Coach than Marsh no disrespect to the past coaches, so S.L. Need to try and extend his Contract to 4 years. The way they can do that is by letting Marsh total control and provide Him with a coaching staff he has chosen and he would be confident with. Come on S.L. Let's not do things in halfs let's go all the way to make S.L. Cricket number 1.

  • Anthony on September 23, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Congrats Mr Marsh on your appointment to this enviable job. You obviously have experience and excellent past records both as a World Cup winning player and a World Cup winning coach. I think Australia and John Buchanan benefited from the groundwork and foundations you had laid when you left in 1999. But there are some major challenges you will face with SL Cricket. You will have to unearth, coach and select bowlers who are capable of bowling out sides twice in Test Matches, though this is not a major handicap in the shorter forms of the game. Otherwise, our post Murali record of Test wins will remain at NIL unless we play Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Finally, I hope that you will be able to convince SL Cricket to change their policy, so that all selections are made by you the Coach, the Captain and the Vice Captain in committee from now on. Good Luck Mr Marsh in your quest to bring joy to all Sri Lankan cricketing fans.

  • Nesith on September 23, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @HRehman I don't know how much SL cricket you follow, and if you are Sri Lankan. It seems that our next door neighbour is so scared of this tiny countries cricketers, all I see people having a go at Sri Lanka specially people who have no Idea about Sri Lankan cricket, well lets get back to your point 'Horses for courses' and that Australian coach didn't work before Well let me lay down few well know facts, all SL cricket supporters know 1996 - World cup win - Ozi coach 2003 - World cup Semi Final - Ozi coach 2007 - World cup final - Ozi Coach 2011 - World cup final - Ozi Coach well I guess ozi coaches hasn't done there job eh If you are Indian, I am sorry you took fletcher as your coach :)

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Hrehman: what are you talking about Tom Moody was the best coach we ever had if it wasnt the politics and civil war he would still be there.

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    To all who are saying "Ausi coaches are not suitable for sri lankan cricket" In my point of view the best two teams Sri Lanka had during world cups were in 1996 and 2007. Both times under Australasian coaches.

  • John on September 23, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Best of luck, and I think he's going to need it. With Mahela and Sanga getting towards the end of their careers and a lack of international class bowling, Sri Lanka is facing a challenging time.

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