Sri Lanka cricket November 20, 2013

'Pay for SL job embarrassing' - Rixon

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Steve Rixon, Australia's assistant coach, has said the remuneration Sri Lanka Cricket offered when they approached him for the job of the national team's coach was "embarrassing", considering the position.

Though he had not formally applied, Rixon was among the men the board approached after they were underwhelmed by the 11 applications they had received for the role. Rixon is highly rated internationally and within the Sri Lanka team, having coached New Zealand as well as domestic teams in Australia and teams in the Indian Cricket League and the Indian Premier League.

Former international coaches Greg Chappell and Tim Nielsen were also approached by SLC but, like Rixon, had declined.

"Sri Lanka Cricket sent me a contract which was really embarrassing, I have to say, because it was so poor," Rixon said. "I'm the assistant coach of Australia, and I get more staying with that job than on the contract they sent through. It was really quite embarrassing for an international coach.

"In the end I just texted back several times and said, 'Look, we're talking massive differences in the job package, and I'm not here to debate it with anyone, but where I would be coming from is a lot bigger than what Sri Lanka can afford.' I was looking forward to sitting down and talking to someone, but no one's really given me that respect I suppose, to be able to do that. And I said no, I'm not really interested."

SLC had evaluated its candidates through a series of interviews and presentations, but Rixon had been perturbed by the request to travel to Sri Lanka for an interview, and by the board's sporadic communication with him.

"Don't expect me to come running over there to do an interview. Interviews are a waste of time. You either want someone, and you know that, or you don't," Rixon said. "I've been around first-class cricket for 20-odd years as a coach. I played for 15 years as a player. It's not as if I'm unknown. I think they'd know what I can and can't do without sitting me down in front of a group of people. It was a bit disappointing the way it was processed, and in the end I thought it's not the way to go."

Rixon said his initial interest in the job was borne from his affinity for Sri Lanka over several years of observing the team. However, while insufficient pay drove his decision to decline the job, SLC's sudden sacking of Geoff Marsh in 2012 and the board's reputation had contributed to it.

"What happened with Geoff Marsh would have been one of the things that played on my mind," Rixon said. "I've also talked to a lot of Sri Lankan players and the fact that they don't get paid when they're meant to be paid. The administration has had their share of controversies, and a number of things.

"But to be honest, Sri Lanka was always one place that intrigued me. I liked Sri Lanka and I think the country is lovely and, of all the Asian countries, it's by far the one that appeals to me the most. With the sort of people that you were dealing with around ten years ago, I thought they were good people and it did interest me. I did think about moving to Sri Lanka, but the harsh reality is you don't have enough money in the set-up."

The only foreign coach that remains on SLC's two-man shortlist is Mark Davis, a little-known coach who is currently among the staff at Sussex. Rixon suggested the pay attached to the Sri Lanka role would only appeal to coaches on the make.

"If you want to get a coach who is a career coach and just making his way, and that sort of thing, no problems, you might get someone for that," he said. "But you're not going to get someone who's been around and coached internationally, and coached all over the world, unless you're prepared to pay a reasonable dollar. You're making a big sacrifice to go live in Sri Lanka, and to turn your life on its head. To do that, you really need to have a package that's certainly acceptable."

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

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  • CricketPissek on November 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully - I'm curious to know how you ascertained "So, cricket is no more popular in SL so that the board will get enough money to pay their coach?" Cricket is still massively popular! SL doesn't have a billion tv viewers of course, to generate the massive sums commanded by stations in India. The problem in SLC is absolute mismanagement of reasonable funds. White Elephant projects such as the two new stadia for the WC as well as Dambulla back in the early 00s (which was a good idea, but executed horrendously - built in something ridiculous like 150 days - using cheap materials but quoting billions. we know whose pockets those dollars lined!) Something revolutionary needs to happen in SL, and having a high flying head coach would only mask things further. There needs to be a management revolution first - and this can only be done by decoupling it completely from the country's Government.

  • Dilmah82 on November 23, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Whilst it's not great airing these details out in public in one way it's good that Rixon has done so. SLC has not been transparent about a lot its dealings and appointments. It's still not fully clear what happened to cause Marsh to be sacked prematurely, and Ford to be appointed. To those complaining they don't know who Rixon, did you ask they same question when Dav Whatmore first took over. Search Cricinfo and you will see who he is.

  • on November 23, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Respect! For All , regardless of how many years you coached! If you think they were wrong to offer you so less dollers etc then you could have said all that privately but making public puts you and the SL board under spotlight whom only one is the beneficiary and other is disgraced , I Condemn it.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on November 22, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    @Seyed-Mohamed Qaaid: There's a coincidence, I understand he's never heard of you either :)

  • Nathan_R_Patrick on November 22, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Folks, with due respect to all the comment, Rixon is a little unknown entity and that is best. Good players don't make good coaches and vice a versa. Coach is just another tool to succeed in your goals. Quieter the tool better the results. It is about end results for the country and not about coaches and players if you really look at it from the country/board's perspective. Agreed, that Rixon wasn't a stellar player in his heydays but that doesn't mean he is not a good coach. The fact, that we have not heard of him as much in spite of coaches CSK in IPL-2010/11, suggests that he must be a good coach since he got his job done quietly to help CSK perform well. SLC's remuneration package is another story. But undermining Rixon is a bit too much.

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Um, ive never heard of this guy before...

  • on November 22, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    He might seem to be rude but from his perspective he might be right. But overall he was not that good a player at international stage and an average one at first class level. So my advice Mr. NIXON these matters should be handled quitely...you are no JOHN WRIGHT. Blabbering things to press does no good to your reputation Sir.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 22, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    As per the news top3 SL approached declaimed it. So, it must be due to remuneration. What a shame for SL cricket and its fans! So, cricket is no more popular in SL so that the board will get enough money to pay their coach? What a pathetic situation. Now, SL board has to 'adjust' with remaining candidates. But only kids can analyze a coach with his past scores. For eg: John Wright who considered as the best coach ever. But he donot have anything significant to show as a player.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Honestly, before this issue came out, had anyone heard of anything of note done by Mr. Steve Rixon? Forget about his track record, how many of us were aware of his existence? I keep myself abreast of many cricket related news but even to me his name sounded barely familiar. I had no idea he was the asst coach of Aus. Even now we keep hearing of the so called track record of Mr. Steve Rixon but will someone tell me what exactly has he achieved? Or does Rixon think that the word Track Record means being a coach for X no of years, even if nothing of note had been achieved?

    This article makes it clear that Rixon wanted a salary of his own choice but still did not want to come for an interview as if it was beneath his dignity to be interviewed. For a man whose name barely registers a decibel as a player or as a coach even after so many years and someone whose resume is practically empty, Rixon really has a colossal ego.

    Luckily SL have just avoided another Greg Chappellian fiasco.

  • Dhushan on November 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I don't understand how you expect to get a coaching job without an interview. It's not a honorary post on a director board. Plus, the said salary must be more than enough for someone living in SL, although it might definitely not be enough when converted to AUD & living in Aus.

  • CricketPissek on November 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully - I'm curious to know how you ascertained "So, cricket is no more popular in SL so that the board will get enough money to pay their coach?" Cricket is still massively popular! SL doesn't have a billion tv viewers of course, to generate the massive sums commanded by stations in India. The problem in SLC is absolute mismanagement of reasonable funds. White Elephant projects such as the two new stadia for the WC as well as Dambulla back in the early 00s (which was a good idea, but executed horrendously - built in something ridiculous like 150 days - using cheap materials but quoting billions. we know whose pockets those dollars lined!) Something revolutionary needs to happen in SL, and having a high flying head coach would only mask things further. There needs to be a management revolution first - and this can only be done by decoupling it completely from the country's Government.

  • Dilmah82 on November 23, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Whilst it's not great airing these details out in public in one way it's good that Rixon has done so. SLC has not been transparent about a lot its dealings and appointments. It's still not fully clear what happened to cause Marsh to be sacked prematurely, and Ford to be appointed. To those complaining they don't know who Rixon, did you ask they same question when Dav Whatmore first took over. Search Cricinfo and you will see who he is.

  • on November 23, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Respect! For All , regardless of how many years you coached! If you think they were wrong to offer you so less dollers etc then you could have said all that privately but making public puts you and the SL board under spotlight whom only one is the beneficiary and other is disgraced , I Condemn it.

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on November 22, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    @Seyed-Mohamed Qaaid: There's a coincidence, I understand he's never heard of you either :)

  • Nathan_R_Patrick on November 22, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Folks, with due respect to all the comment, Rixon is a little unknown entity and that is best. Good players don't make good coaches and vice a versa. Coach is just another tool to succeed in your goals. Quieter the tool better the results. It is about end results for the country and not about coaches and players if you really look at it from the country/board's perspective. Agreed, that Rixon wasn't a stellar player in his heydays but that doesn't mean he is not a good coach. The fact, that we have not heard of him as much in spite of coaches CSK in IPL-2010/11, suggests that he must be a good coach since he got his job done quietly to help CSK perform well. SLC's remuneration package is another story. But undermining Rixon is a bit too much.

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Um, ive never heard of this guy before...

  • on November 22, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    He might seem to be rude but from his perspective he might be right. But overall he was not that good a player at international stage and an average one at first class level. So my advice Mr. NIXON these matters should be handled quitely...you are no JOHN WRIGHT. Blabbering things to press does no good to your reputation Sir.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 22, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    As per the news top3 SL approached declaimed it. So, it must be due to remuneration. What a shame for SL cricket and its fans! So, cricket is no more popular in SL so that the board will get enough money to pay their coach? What a pathetic situation. Now, SL board has to 'adjust' with remaining candidates. But only kids can analyze a coach with his past scores. For eg: John Wright who considered as the best coach ever. But he donot have anything significant to show as a player.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Honestly, before this issue came out, had anyone heard of anything of note done by Mr. Steve Rixon? Forget about his track record, how many of us were aware of his existence? I keep myself abreast of many cricket related news but even to me his name sounded barely familiar. I had no idea he was the asst coach of Aus. Even now we keep hearing of the so called track record of Mr. Steve Rixon but will someone tell me what exactly has he achieved? Or does Rixon think that the word Track Record means being a coach for X no of years, even if nothing of note had been achieved?

    This article makes it clear that Rixon wanted a salary of his own choice but still did not want to come for an interview as if it was beneath his dignity to be interviewed. For a man whose name barely registers a decibel as a player or as a coach even after so many years and someone whose resume is practically empty, Rixon really has a colossal ego.

    Luckily SL have just avoided another Greg Chappellian fiasco.

  • Dhushan on November 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I don't understand how you expect to get a coaching job without an interview. It's not a honorary post on a director board. Plus, the said salary must be more than enough for someone living in SL, although it might definitely not be enough when converted to AUD & living in Aus.

  • izzidole on November 22, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Steve Rixon has been involved in test cricket for over 30 years since 1978 as Australia's wicket keeper and subsequently as NSW cricket coach. He was also the coach of the New Zealand cricket team and is currently the assistant coach of the Australian cricket team.He is also the fielding coach of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. He is one of the most experienced and senior cricket coaches in world cricket today. As such he is no ordinary cricket coach and deserves to be highly rewarded for his services .

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on November 21, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    I think what's actually happened here is that Rixon was keen on the Sri Lankan job and would have accepted it despite the relatively poor salary. He must've considered the other perks namely prestige, foreign tours, forming connections and making a name for himself. However, the Sri Lankan cricket board may have irked him by asking him to come through official channels i.e. through an interview. His indignation is understandable considering that he was willing to accept a low-paying job provided he is guaranteed the post. The Sri Lankan board cannot become too choosy in their situation and should handled things diplomatically.

  • CricketChat on November 21, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Many a coach in the past used SL head coach position as a spring board for greater honors in their coaching career more than the money aspect. Rixon probably shot his last option to ever become SL coach.

  • Ramu444 on November 21, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I think SL should go for Whatmore

  • r1m2 on November 21, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Riding his high horse this Mr. Rixon isn't he? Won't even travel on an all-expense paid trip to Sri Lankan for a face to face interview and presentation, what attitude. If he thinks so highly of himself, SL is not going to benefit from him. SL needs someone modest, not rude and high strung like Rixon. Aussies can have him, after all he's doing such "fine" job as the assistant coach for one of the worst team in international cricket lol. Good luck Rixon. On other hand, it might just be a case of sour grapes for Rixon, after being dumped from consideration by SLCB, due to his attitude problems.

  • Metro-ant on November 21, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    People who are saying with his attitude it is a good thing that Sri Lanka didn't take him are completely off the mark. We need the Greg Chappell equivalent to shake things up here in Sri Lanka, because we're a disgrace right now at test cricket and their seems to be no pressure on the seniors to perform while they pump their bank accounts at IPL and eventually retire in 2-3 years time. The selectors lost control of the seniors a long time ago and now they will eventually retire when it's convenient to them and not what's good for the team in the long run. That's why you need an experienced coach at times like this, not coaches to give a foundation to for their coaching careers...

  • jonesy2 on November 21, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    sacking marsh is coming back to bite SL and they deserve it. not for long, but they still deserve it. they should go after a young up and coming coach there must be plenty around the world or in sri lanka.

  • KingOwl on November 21, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I think with his attitude, it is great that SL did not get him. He is not a national coach. So, this would have been a promotion for him. Most people go for higher profile jobs even if they have lower salaries. Frankly, who knows that he is the Aussie Assistant coach! Nobody cares about an assistant coach. He should realise that. And no interviews?!! What is this guy? Has he got no experience going for new jobs? Interviews are done to see whether there is a fit at a personal level. It is what you can't get from the resume or by talking to people. It's about the personal chemistry. Wow, good thing SL missed this one! It could have been bad.

  • bijja on November 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Pay is not the problem. Rixon has overestimated himself. Also, he is rude and crude to go to the media with his offer. What is he trying to achieve? He is not worth even what he has been offered.

  • Harmony111 on November 21, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    I agree that SLB are in poor financial state but this does not mean that a candidate has the right to insult their offers. There is always some disparity in salaries in diff organizations but prospective employees do not talk about it in this manner.

    Co-incidentally, past coaches & other candidates have made no mention of the so called low salary so I could turn this around and say that actually SLB did not think Rixon was worth more than what they offered to him.

    Lol that Rixon is interested but does not want to be interviewed & says Interviews are a waste of time !!! I hope Rixon realizes that diff organizations have different ethos & different visions & any future employee has to be in sync with that no matter who is he.

    Rixon seems to think he is an "arrived" coach & not a "budding" one but is he the national coach of any team? Even reg Aus, since Aus are 0-7 at the moment, what is so special about Rixon?

  • Yuosufahmed on November 21, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    This is too much for him. SLC would never have approached this arrogant guy. "I played for 15 years as a player". We can see his position in cricinfo stats. Some bowlers have better records than this fellow.

    Tests: Runs 394; Highest 54; Average 18.76 ODIs: Runs 40; Highest 20*; Average 13.33 First-class: Runs 4303; Highest 128; Average 23.13 List A: Runs 434; Highest 52; Average 14.96

  • yorkslanka on November 21, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Sorry but we can only offer what we can afford. If you look at ticket prices for matches in SL compared to those of Aus, you will see why there is a difference. SL has to charge fans a reasonable rate in relation to their wages. I think it's very unprofessional of the guy to go blabbing to media about specifics..think this is a win win situation in not having him go further.

  • on November 21, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    From the candidates left, I think Whatmore is the best. But only for want of a better option.

  • OttawaRocks on November 21, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    I like Rixon's honesty, calling a spade a spade. And I think it is useful to criticize because it will let the SL board know what it takes to hire a good foreign coach.

  • Alexk400 on November 21, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Very unprofessional. He should have kept it himself.

  • on November 21, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    If the salary offered is not good, just reject the offer. Why he wants to go on media and say all these things. Just wondering.

  • CricketFever11 on November 21, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Sri Lanka should never hire a person who's main priority is money. This statement says how immature Mr. Rixon is. If he does not like the job, just say, I am not interested. You know Mr. Rixon, Empty vessels make the most sound. What did Mr. Chappel said couple of days ago. Todays cricket, Weak and Self Interested.................................

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I think asian teams need to look around locally...asia has produced a large no of great cricketers...great batsmen, terrific bowlers and fielders....get a foreign batting coach if the technique needs tweaking...but I strongly believe head coach should be someone local or from the continent itself. Communication will be good, culture is more or less the same. i cant seem to fathom as to why is this big hoo-haa about foreign coaches????

  • ThilankaK on November 20, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    If SLC want Asian, best option is our own SriLankan Mr. Chandika Hathurusinghe , present coach of New South Wales & good analyzer & good batting coach / bowling coach should be Champaka Ramanayake

  • StevieS on November 20, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    vkkhkg if you don't know who Steve Rixon is, then you don't know much about cricket.

  • jokerbala on November 20, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    you can only be offered what can be afforded by the board.This craving for International coaches must stop and SLC and poorer boards should also go in for more asian coaches whom they can afford. No point competing with big teams when you don't have the cash.

  • Raps on November 20, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    I agree with Rixon that the pay is low. But what I don't agree with is his disdain towards an interview. He has to get off his high-horse and know that this is a job. No one in their right mind would say "Yes please work for us, we don't need to talk to you before". That's ridiculous. Team administration would want to know what his ideas are and how he expects to lead Sri Lanka to the top. I would rather not have this guy as a coach considering the fact that he just went and bad-mouthed the administration. Good coaches simply don't do that.

  • ThilankaK on November 20, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Atapattu is not a good batting coach ! see SL cricketers technic ! 1. Dilshan - can't play left arm in swing & right arm in swing 2. Kusal Perera - No foot work 3. Sanga is natural talent 4. Mahela - can't play out swing If ball pitch 6 inch out side the off stump & getting fox about left arm spinners arm ball 5. Chandimal's technic about swing balling is Nil 6. Thirimanne - can't play aggressive cricket 7.Perera - can't play short ball & No off side shots * maven is batting coach for SL cricket I think more than five years but players technic look same as they start some one get worse than school days !!

  • ThilankaK on November 20, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    True ! It's very true ! In my cricket knowledge Steve Rixon is the most suitable person for SL cricket , He is good all round coach with lot of experience & with good results , see present AUS team , they're good batting unit with good fielding & CSK they perform well as a unit. I think that's what SL cricket is lacking at this moment. SL board member know nothing about cricket & they're the one who responsible about present situation & because of them only board lacking funds ! WHAT A MISS !!!

  • smalishah84 on November 20, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Extremely unprofessional behavior from Mr Rixon. If he didn't like the offer he could have kept it to himself and just tell SLC that he isn't interested. Bringing such things out into the media only reflects poorly on Mr Rixon

  • on November 20, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Coaching is a different ball game altogether, just because you played cricket doesn't mean you will be a great coach. This is why dave whatmore / Bob woolmer were great coachs and necessarily were not A grade material in their respective national cricket teams. We need a professional cricketing coach, this can be done only with a coaching brain, not necessarily a players brain. Of course there can be exceptions, But as history and the records suggests there aren't many good examples.

  • vkkhkg on November 20, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    I don't know who Mr. Rixon is? What I can see is that he is trying to get his value up in going to media if any sale comes next time. Whether this is ethical or not, this is something which has to be conetmplated upon. All these professionals may act as very righteous but the fact of the matter is they all are looking for more money and glory and then more money and more glory.

    It is for Sri Lanan board to decide how good he is and what he brings to table. Going by what he is bring to Australia's table is not much that can be talked about except for big name as Australia. Performance wise the team is just downhill and this coach has nothing special to offer. If Sri Lankan board does not have more money to offer, they can listen to this guy and see if he brings aything to table compraable to what he gets.

  • Anwar-Lara on November 20, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    @dizza, Gary Kirsten, Stephen Fleming.. its not about being a great player but having cricketing knowledge,no coach can make a player at an international level but can only improve them, now are you telling me that people like marvan atapattu and Desilva lacks it?? i dun think so..

  • BigINDFan on November 20, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Not sure why sub-continent teams go after Aus coaches and get slapped like this. Rixon is not good enough to make coach of the Aus team and no other international team has approached him other than NZ. So he is trying to act up in the media to improve his future offers. That aside any international coach will ask for more money to relocate.

    SL should treat their players right and approach former players including most recently retired ones such as Murali with a batting coach, bowling coach structure for 2 years. Then if affordable go for foreign coaches from Eng or SA. Also approach former Indian or Pak players who are not commentators but like to coach. The key thing is attitude and the coach should be able to draw respect and guide players. SLC can find that either locally or within the sub-continent instead of chasing Aus coaches.

  • on November 20, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    I think Dav whatmor is more suitable than davis or atapattu

  • sony_sr on November 20, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    why would someone want to tell this to media? he could have quietly reject the offer.

  • Blade-Runner on November 20, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Even though I believe that SLC haven't handled the situation the way they should have, I think that Mr. Rixon is being a bit of himself here. Its pretty clear that he really wanted the position but wasn't satisfied with the remuneration. The best thing he could do was, decline the offer politely as a gentleman instead of talking to media about it. So, Mr. Rixon himself isn't being a professional here, as it seems. One has to take the prestige comes with such a position (head coach of one of the top 8 teams in the world) into account as well as the financial aspect. I guess Mr. Rixon has missed the trick here.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Aravind De Silva should be a good "Cricket Director"for Sri Lnaka; the kind of role Andy Flower is doing for England. He knows the game (batting, spin bowling & swing bowling).And knows the boys well. And the entire cricketing world very well. And doesn't look the type who will throw his weight like Arjuna!

    The only question is: Is he available; and willing?

  • ball_boy on November 20, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    SLC cannot think about getting big time coaches for the team.Earlier days u didnt have established coaches so u can make do with an up and coming coach preferably an indigenous pruduct.Besides the way the players are treated without pay on time,how can u hope to get a good established coach.And any coach cannot work wondors within a few months particularly a foriegner.Just focus on treating ur players better the perfomance will improve,get the seniors retd to interact with the team and above all less politics please.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    SLC is not professional to handle professionals, to say the least! This is just one example and there many.

  • dizza on November 20, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Anwar lara, tell us a one great player who has become a great coach In last 10 years...except andy flower. Point is great players are hardly ever become great coaches.

  • dizza on November 20, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Hope mavan dont get it . As a sri lankan I don't think anyone who has a cricketing brain want go see mavan become our head coach except patriots. Can you point out one batter he developed for last 2 years. ruin chandi and thiri he did nothing to develop anyone. In the other hand people like us or players has no say and all we can do is sit and wait till likes of Ireland and Afghanistan beat us next time around and go.. oh well.!!

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Considering the financial debt in the country it would be a wise decision to go with a local coach without getting further embarrassing rejections. With the politics involved in SLC it would not make much difference in appointing a local coach or a international coach.

  • on November 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    What notified success does he have to show in recent years. His association with the Aus side has also not resulted in any significant improvement. So why such high-headedness?

  • nilakshan.anand on November 20, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Players representing the country is not even getting paid.how could he expect more from SLC board to pay him.

  • satishchandar on November 20, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    I think it is natural for a foreigner to think that way. He need to be away from home in SL to look after their players and naturally would be expecting something which would compensate all aspects. It does make sense from Rixon's side.

    I think SL has some good local greats who can take care and be cost effective too.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on November 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    He is being a bit up himself if he thinks he can get a job without an interview. Also, I think it is poor to openly chastise the package on offer, he could have politely declined and kept his opinion to himself. Not really very good behaviour from a guy who obviously rates himself!

  • Anwar-Lara on November 20, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    I hope this will open the eyes of SLC and they will appoint one out of the many great players they have produced like aravinda, atapattu,vaas ,etc..

  • on November 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    if the pay is good or bad, the point is he would have had the chance to be in control of a team that have the ability to win the world cup.

    Sometimes risks need to be taken. Who knows what would happen afterwards? Australian top job?

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  • on November 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    if the pay is good or bad, the point is he would have had the chance to be in control of a team that have the ability to win the world cup.

    Sometimes risks need to be taken. Who knows what would happen afterwards? Australian top job?

  • Anwar-Lara on November 20, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    I hope this will open the eyes of SLC and they will appoint one out of the many great players they have produced like aravinda, atapattu,vaas ,etc..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on November 20, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    He is being a bit up himself if he thinks he can get a job without an interview. Also, I think it is poor to openly chastise the package on offer, he could have politely declined and kept his opinion to himself. Not really very good behaviour from a guy who obviously rates himself!

  • satishchandar on November 20, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    I think it is natural for a foreigner to think that way. He need to be away from home in SL to look after their players and naturally would be expecting something which would compensate all aspects. It does make sense from Rixon's side.

    I think SL has some good local greats who can take care and be cost effective too.

  • nilakshan.anand on November 20, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Players representing the country is not even getting paid.how could he expect more from SLC board to pay him.

  • on November 20, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    What notified success does he have to show in recent years. His association with the Aus side has also not resulted in any significant improvement. So why such high-headedness?

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Considering the financial debt in the country it would be a wise decision to go with a local coach without getting further embarrassing rejections. With the politics involved in SLC it would not make much difference in appointing a local coach or a international coach.

  • dizza on November 20, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Hope mavan dont get it . As a sri lankan I don't think anyone who has a cricketing brain want go see mavan become our head coach except patriots. Can you point out one batter he developed for last 2 years. ruin chandi and thiri he did nothing to develop anyone. In the other hand people like us or players has no say and all we can do is sit and wait till likes of Ireland and Afghanistan beat us next time around and go.. oh well.!!

  • dizza on November 20, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Anwar lara, tell us a one great player who has become a great coach In last 10 years...except andy flower. Point is great players are hardly ever become great coaches.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    SLC is not professional to handle professionals, to say the least! This is just one example and there many.