Former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pothas has been appointed Sri Lanka’s fielding coach. Confirming the news, the Sri Lanka Cricket board said that Pothas will begin his role from August 8. The 42-year-old, who played three one-day internationals for South Africa , had most recently been the academy director at Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
“Our last few outings are showing a marked improvement in the batting and bowling, however, our fielding has been letting us down,” SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said. “Pothas joining the support team already in place will give the necessary boost to this important area.
“We always believe in engaging the best professional advice and technical support for our national team, and this appointment is one such positive step.”
Expressing his delight over the appointment, Pothas thanked Leicestershire County Cricket Club for releasing him from his county contract. He also said that despite his exit, the club will continue to move forward.
The former wicketkeeper-batsman said: “The opportunity to be involved in the game at the highest level is not one that I could pass up.
“I will be forever grateful to Leicestershire County Cricket Club for the opportunity to join at an exciting time, and the structure at the club means that they will continue to move forward at pace.
“I’m also thankful to Wasim Khan and Andrew McDonald for being extremely supportive and understanding the decision.
“This year was always going to be a transitional one for the academy but it is now in a good place to move forward. I’ll always keep an eye on how everything is going at Leicestershire, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the set-up.”
Pothas scored over 11,000 runs and effected 659 dismissals in 218 first-class games.
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