Jayasuriya cause of Marsh sacking

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Three years ago, when Sanath Jayasuriya was dropped from the Sri Lankan team, and he subsequently scored a century in IPL, he appealed to president Mahinda Rajapaksa and was reinstated and Upul Tharanga, who had been selected, was displaced.

Thereby, Tharanga had to start again from square one. Never in history has this happened. That was the start of political interference in the affairs of SL cricket. Sanath again tried to get into the WC team but in spite of mediocre form tried to use influence but Kumar and Mahela vehemently opposed his inclusion.

Then again last year, he used politics to play in just one ODI match as a farewell. This disrupted the balance of the team again. He used his infuence to include his choices of selectors and created a surprise by naming Kandamby as vice captain.

Now he is trying to oust Kumar and Mahela from the team. Now he wants Graham Ford, who was his coach in South Africa, to be SL coach. As a result, he got Marsh ousted as coach which is a crime. Marsh was just findng his bearings and Sanath is again the disrupter.

There will be ramifications from Australians at the unfair treatment to Marsh. The latest is, Tennekoon too will be sacked as Sanath wants Duleep as manager. All these ills have repercussions on SL cricket, which has as sports minister a nincompoop, incompetent, knowledge in cricket zero individual.


Iraj's picture

It's a well accepted fact that Graham Ford is a really good coach, even Indians tried to secure his services, under Marsh team is going from bad to worse, even their fielding look very horrible and I never have seen them fielding so poorly on the field during recent past except few youngsters.

It seems the writer of this article too having political motives and he just wants to blame the government and Sanath for everything.

you can blame the government for administrative mess they have created but the failure of leading players like Angelo, Mahela, Dilshan and Malinga's lack of commitment purely lying with players and coaching staff, if they can't produce the goods then we have to look for better options like Graham Ford regardless of what Australia thinks.

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not paying the players the SLC Admins are responsible..how could they perform without their bread and butter.

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Blaming the new coach who had just a few months to work with the team is extremely unintelligent of us. What are we going to do if under Ford we lose the next three series?

I'm actually surprised Ford accepted this after what SLC did to Law and now Marsh.

Anonymous's picture

who said this? Anybody can make allegation... what is this? How can these things are proved? Why Sana wants to replace Marsh? can anyone create another story for it?

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If Ford is the right man why wasnt he appointed six months ago? Doesnt make sense to appoint a coach (after two interim coaches) for two overseas series and then sack him - not even sure on what grounds. If its performance of the team - the guys havent got paid (yet!!) and didnt have central contracts till recently, the selectors have chopped and changed - is short there has been choas in the back office and to sack the coach for that makes little sense.

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Iraj is mistaken as I reside in Sydney and have no time to get involved in politics. SL politics has no opposition and how can I fight a lone battle from overseas. It is interference in SL cricket that i am opposed.

Tom Moody too has critiised he sacking of Marsh on grounds of too early to judge. Ford is excellent coach but he may not accept post if he knows the politics involved. And in future no foreigner will want to coach SL.

As for fielding, there is a separate coach.Marsh may or may not be a good coach but those at helm of affairs in SLC have no knowledge of cricket and may be even less than Iraj.

I can foresee ramifications from Aussies at this injustice.

Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney

Confused's picture

Spot on Stormy and Hilal. While I was surprised that we went for Marsh in the first instance, having hired him, his sacking now after just two series is a total disgrace. It is even more unintelligent to blame him given the high quality of the opposition we faced in these two series and our previous track record in SAF in particular.

Before this tour, we had lost every single Test in SAF bar one. It's not like we played Bangla and Zim and were playing out of our skins before Marsh took over, so regardless of who we hired, little would have likely changed in such a short time frame. Pathetic and alarming.

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How on earth can the head coach produce results after only two tours in charge?

It really is unwise to sack Marsh! We won a Test match in SA and two ODIs, a much better result than previous tours.

I have my doubts, Upali Dharmadasa, CEO of one the largest conglomerates in the country, would make such a hasty decision.

This is probably the doing of the so-called sports minister.

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i wasnt actually surprised when i saw da writer of this blog. the guy has some serious personal vendetta against sanath jayasuriya.
hw is jayasuriya responsible for our bowlers and senior batsmen not performing????

btw wasnt it on this same site it was reported dat geoff marsh was watching "his son" batting in australia on laptop while SL was getting pounded by SA in da 1st test???

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I have never met Sanath. Till 3 yrs ago I had highest respect for him. So many fans have no more respect for him. Lastly he asked for a one day farewell match and the English commentatators were laughing at him and he was an abject failure.Some Aussies go to see him bat too. From comments u too have read, it is obvious what fans think of him.
Team not performing no one is to blame not even Sanath. Uppercut, u are talking thru your hat.
Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney

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