Sri Lanka news October 10, 2013

Prasad throws hat into the ring


Former India fast bowler, Venkatesh Prasad, has confirmed his application for the position of Sri Lanka head coach, which will be vacated by Graham Ford at the end of January.

Prasad has coached since 2006, and has had a stint as India's bowling coach, as well as coach of India's under-19 team, and the Karnataka state side. He currently coaches Uttar Pradesh, and is among at least eight foreign coaches that have applied for the position.

"Sri Lanka are an amazing team with some great cricketers who I've watched very closely for a long time," Prasad said. "They've won a World Cup during my time, and since then they've played a very attractive brand of cricket.

"As a player, and then as a coach, and through IPL, I've had a lot to do with Sri Lankan players - both former and current ones, and they are so grounded and genuine. There's a mix of seniors and young players coming through, and they are an exciting prospect to coach."

Prasad's work with India fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma coincided with overseas successes for the India team, and Prasad said the prospect of working to improve Sri Lanka's fast bowling, alongside bowling coach Chaminda Vaas, was particularly attractive to him.

"Sri Lanka has produced some great fast bowlers, as we saw with Chaminda Vaas, who is a good friend. There is clearly talent in the country, but it's a case of harnessing that talent and developing it. Fast bowling is a challenge in the subcontinent, so building a fast-bowling unit and bench strength is important."

Prasad said he was yet to hear back from Sri Lanka Cricket about the position, but had already formed thoughts on how to take the nation's cricket forward.

"It's not something I've done because there is an opening. There are some great challenges in Sri Lanka and I have the self-belief that, as a coach, I can contribute to the current set up. It's not just about results, but about improving fitness, technique, tactics and contributing to the direction of the team. "

Prasad played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for India, taking 96 Test wickets at an average of 35.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Monoz on October 13, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    He might be good as Sri Lanka coach in general. But may not be suitable as fast bowling coach though he was a fast bowler. I don't think he could get this position comparing with the other candidates.

  • Manoj on October 13, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    This is the best ever joke I have ever

  • Android on October 13, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Gotta make sure he gets paid if he gets the job though. Just sayin'.

  • Asitha on October 11, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Prasad wasn't a good fast bowler, but I think, he is one of the biggest reason behind Indian success in last few years. He made good fast bowling line up for India who can get wickets in pitches like Aus, SA , NZ n ENG, & that is da biggest hole that SL have @ the moment.. If Prasad working with Vaas and produce such a bowling linu up again, I think SL can win few test matches in AUS ENG even in India... So, Prasad is, also a very good option...

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    One cannot forget Prasad's heroics against Pakistan every time both teams met. He was a handy medium pace bowler either containing the runs or taking crucial wickets. Every bowler got blasted on few occasions and Prasad was not an exception. His partnership with Srinath at the top of the order is really one of the best all time bowling combination.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    I remember once when jayasuriya was out of form, he called up prasad to bowl to him in the nets to get his form back.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Indian here...but lol i dont think prasad will be selected...he was awful bowler smacked by every batsman including Murlitharan...LOL!

  • udendra on October 11, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    There goes Sri Lanka's chances of winning against India (forever)! :D

  • Steve on October 10, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Tough for Prasad to be considered for head coach role, for he will be considered primarily as a bowling coach only.

  • punya prashanta on October 10, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    jaisuriya was a average player....he was struglling against debasis mohanty all thr tym...

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