Why a Sri Lankan national cricket coach wont fit the bill

Since the mid 90s Sri Lanka has relied upon and invested heavily on foreign coaches. It paid rich dividends when the islanders under Davenell Whatmore took the world by storm and won the 1996 World Cup.

Sri Lanka never turned to the big names, nor did they look for reputation. Instead, they went for unknown overseas club coaches.

A stint with Sri Lanka Cricket has helped the coaching staff as much as it has helped Sri Lanka. It was beneficial to both. Sri Lanka had international coaching staff to fit their budget, and upcoming coaches had the chance to add an international coaching stint to their portfolio.

Dav WhatmoreWhatmore brought physical fitness training and the self belief to a talented squad in the mid 90s. He conjured up a game plan that suited Sri Lanka's style of play.

Dyson turned the unit it into a more professional polished group of thinkers. Moody unleashed the natural flair and talent from within by building on self confidence.

While all this took place there was a mass exodus of aspiring coaches of Sri Lankan origin. Manjula Munasinghe, Chandika Hathurusinghe, Asanka Gurusinghe, Champaka Ramanayake, Naweed Nawaz, and Roy Dias are just a few names that come to mind when one thinks of former players who have turned to coaching as a career. Most have sought employment outside of Sri lanka.

What tips a foreign national over a local for the job? Could it be the overseas coach knows more? How much does it have to do with the players themselves?

Can you picture a batsman like Sanath Jayasuriya or Mahela Jayawardene taking tips from Chandika Hathurusinghe? To be honest I can't see that ever happening! It not just an ego issue, it is also a practicality issue. The coach must be able to command some level of respect for successful international players to take them seriously.

That's why I feel Sri Lanka will continue to struggle to find a local coach for the job.


lankan fan's picture

could'nt agree with you more....grt article

SquareCut's picture
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Hathurusinge did a good a job with A team. Sanga spoke highly about him recently. He will become the assistant coach. Let's wait and see how he does.

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good article dude this shits very true

surasaradiyal's picture

Agree with you BUT,

Yes we have to get down Forign coaches,thats because of somany reasons, they bring lots of new aproaches to the game.then again most of the coaches we approcah are not expereinces,So what we do is we get them down give them International expsoure and they started to win matches, te Coach gets Inaternational expoereince on his CV and vanish for a beter package.We should stop that.for the last 10 years we had that approach of getting down a Low profile coach like, Dyson, Moody, Bayliss etc with club expereince and give them a huge exposure on International cricket and they all ended up coaching international teams after that.Why do we have to let these guys use us for them to start their lucrative Internationl Carrears... Tom Moddy has become the Coach of Kolkata Riders ,,, Dyson ended up in West Indies, and sooner Baylsi will ended up again in another Internation Team...

What we need to do it Get this Ego players like Mahela, Sanath retire nd then Introduce Chandika n Nawwed, Harsha De Silva etc s the Younger Players will play and perform better under them.

Shane Gunasekara's picture

Chandika Hathurusingha's stats as a batsman:

Test average 26:62. No hundreds. Highest score 83 vs Pakistan.

ODI average 20.90. No hundreds. Highest score 66!

Will any young batsman listen to this guy as a batting coach? What will he say to young batsman if they ask him "How do you know? You couldn't score more than 1 against South Africa??"

S's picture

I like to agree foreign coach, would have exposure, however I think it is time we rely on a Sri Lankan coach and groom him to be a International Star in ICC, As I am a strong believer in nothing is impossible!! I guess we could get great help from players like Aravinda and Arajuna who has a lot of experience talent and exposure:))

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