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Marsh wants to extend contract till 2015 World Cup

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

September 29, 2011

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Geoff Marsh at his first press conference as Sri Lanka coach, September 29, 2011
Geoff Marsh: "In the last couple of years I got that hunger to get back into it and my two boys have said to me 'get out there and coach'" © Associated Press
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Sri Lanka's new head coach, Geoff Marsh, has said that he is keen to extend his two-year contract with Sri Lanka Cricket and help them win another World Cup. The former Australia batsman and coach succeeds another Australian, Trevor Bayliss, who retired at the end of the 2011 World Cup in April after coaching the Sri Lanka team for four years.

"If Sri Lanka Cricket wants me to extend my contract till the 2014 World Cup its open from my end for discussions," Marsh said on Thursday after taking over officially as head coach of Sri Lanka. "At the moment it's a two-year contract and we haven't talked about the finish yet. Hopefully the World Cup is something that I love to be through having won two (as a player and as a coach), but my immediate focus is preparing the team for the next test match which is against Pakistan next month."

Marsh, 52 was a member of the Australian side that won the World Cup in 1987 and was coach of Australia when they won the World Cup again in 1999. He said that he will treat all three formats of the game - Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 cricket - the same.

"We got to basically sit down and plan for Test cricket, ODI cricket and T20 cricket we won't favour one. Obviously the World Twenty20 is important but the most important game we play next is the first Test against Pakistan, that's exactly what we will be targeting." Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in the UAE next month. They will host the ICC World Twenty20 in September 2012.

Marsh coached the Pune Warriors in the 2011 IPL and said taking the Sri Lanka job was a way to get back into international cricket. "I retired after Zimbabwe and I had a break just to spend a little bit of time with my own two boys. In the last couple of years I got that hunger to get back into it and my two boys have said to me 'get out there and coach'.

"Being good friends with Tom Moody, he said that it was a fantastic place to come to. To be a part of Sri Lanka cricket was a great experience for him. That's how it all started. It's always been in the back of my mind that if I took on a coaching role it had to be out of Australia because it's a conflict of interest to coach my kids (Shaun and Mitchell) in state cricket and for Australia. When you look around the world, Tom was always saying that this was a great place to come and coach and the people are fantastic. That's how it came about."

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Posted by   on (October 2, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

@ sam_laker, you are exactly pointed out the remedy. Yes Sri Lanka needs a sensible captain. Due to the present captain we are on the verge to loose Pakistan series. When Pakistan bringing experience guys against SL, we are dropping experience players !!

Posted by chandau on (October 2, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

1. once again people : DAV WHATMORE is a Sri Lankan by birth. Just because he went to live in OZ like many other Sri Lankans it does not change the fact he schooled at Royal college till the age of 10!!! 2. the success of OZ coaches have been the support staff; asst coach, trainer, physio. e.g. Alex the physio Dav brought along is now with the OZ team. Stu Law the previous asst. coach is now head coach of B'desh. Secret of succes is in the coaching team as well, not just 1/2 guys. 3. the backroom support is amust for building a team. Selectors play a major role; Ara and his team brought stabiulity that was upset later on by Mendis & Co. does not help when the team cohesion is broken by outsiders. look at FRANCE in the rugby world cup.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 1, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

personally i think that the best way we can play cricket is as sri lankans rather than trying to emulate how other teams play...we have a wealth of natural ability and marsh needs to continue to focus this talent and buld the mental strength of our younger players to make us a realistic force in world cricket again...we need to learn to adapt our game to playing overseas as well as making sri lanka a fortress where a draw for visiting teams is a fantastic result for them( as it once was )...good luck to Sri Lanka and good luck to geoff marsh...

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

I think it is a very positive move from Sril Lankan cricket board. Sri Lanka has continued with their programmes to find new talents unlike India and of course not only Srilanka the whole world will have to wait to see another Muralitharan but they can develelop Suranga Randiv and Ajanta Mendis.And I personally think Sangakkara and Jaywardane have performed consistently for Sri Lanka unlike any current indian player has done for India. Gambhir has been there and there abouts but these two Sri Lankans have always performed on big stages and what ever Sri Lanka has achieved is because of their ability to Plan and execute and they are certainly a dream team for any coach because they are so willing to listen, learn and win.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

THIS MESSAGE TO EXCELLENCE NEW COACH. PLS. AS A SRI LANKAN KINDLY COACH SRI LANKA TEAM HOW TO HANDLE SPINNERS EXCEPT MAHELA MOST OF OUR PLAYERS STRUGGLE SINCE LONG TIME. BEFORE WE ARE CHAMPION OF SPINNERS SO I HOPE & WISH GOOD PERFORMANCE STARTING WITH ABU DHABI TOUR TO NEXT WORLD WE CAN DO WE HAVE NATURAL TALENTED PLAYERS AND LET THEM PLAY AGGRESSIVE GOOD LUCK FOR OUR SRI LANKAN TEAM NO NEED POLITICS INVOLVE & TRY TO FIND ANOTHER FASTEST BOWLER FROM ANY WHERE IN SRI LANKA EVEN NORTH OR EAST AND FORGET RELIGION OR CAST THEY HAVE SO TRY TO FIND ANOTHER MALINGA AND ERANGA. GOOD LUCK.

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 30, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

SL if like may be an England or Aus pick diff teams for diff formats they will surely succeed, the problem is thier seniors in MJ and KS must stop with T20 and let that to youngsters and also decide whether they will be part of 2014 WC else just stick to Tests..such things are rare in sub continent, be it India, Pak or SL but that is the way to go, diff teams for diff formats

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

He must be seen the potential of current Sri Lankan squad to be a Champion side. Otherwise a great cricketing legend such as Geoff Marsh would not be risking his future and reputation as an International Cricket Coach by making such comments so early in his new job. So I guess, Geoff Marsh has given the perfect answer to Peter Roebuck. Sri Lanka will keep producing Muralidarans and Jayasooriyas in many years to come, and always be a competitive force in the International Cricket Arena.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 6:41 GMT)

On 28th September, an article was published on http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/533992.html by Peter Roebuck, A Former captain of Somerset. The article was named as 'Sri Lanka on the brink'. Throughout the article he criticised the present government of Sri Lanka and the cricket administration of Sri Lanka. He was predicting the down fall of Sri Lankan Cricket has begun and with the retirements of legends such as Muralidaran and Jayasooriya.

But now, the new Sri Lankan Cricket Coach Geoff Marsh has said that he would like to coach the Sri Lankan team till 2015, ODI cricket world cup. Initially the Sri Lankan Cricket signed Marsh only for two tear period. But now Marsh wants to be with the 'boys' till 2015. He says that he would like to help Sri Lanka to win another ODI world cup. The 2015 ODI cricket world cup is scheduled to be held in Australia and Marsh believes that this bunch of Sri Lankans have a good chance of winning the ODI world cup in Australia in 2015.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

Very good choice of SL coach, Idea for a long term basis of 5 years is a positive move as you get time to set up a strong team for the WC 2014 & beyond, 2 years fly & just passes not knowing it's time for to start looking for a new coach.......good luck Geff.

Posted by FadeToBlack on (September 30, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

All the best to Marsh. As a SL supporter hope we can turn it around especially in the bowling department. An extended run needs to be given to the identified good bowlers without chopping and changing every series. Also hope Marsh is retained till the end of World CUp 2015.

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