Sri Lanka Cricket can't afford a decent coach

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Despite millions earned in revenue thanks to the cricketers' performances, Sri Lanka Cricket can't afford a decent coach for their team. AFP PHOTO/ Indranil MUKHERJEE.

Why is it that Tom Moody, who coached Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final in Barbados, can’t find another Test nation that wants him as coach? How about Dav Whatmore, for that matter? He was only sought after by Bangladesh, despite a World Cup victory under his belt.

I don’t mean to put any of these blokes down, but I have always been of the view that Sri Lanka has a tendency to pick up an affordable coach, who is not really sought after by anyone else but us, and the success of that coach has been primarily due to the skill and ability of the lads in the middle.

So, if an affordable coach can produce these results, what kind of results can a top coach, beyond what Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials claim they can afford, produce?

An unnamed SLC official told The Island recently that SLC could not afford John Buchanan.

"Buchanan is the high profile name on that list. Generally an international coach is paid around 15,000 US$ a month. But with Buchanan you are talking of at least 35,000 US$ a month. That’s way beyond what we can afford," the source told The Island.

Here is a cricket board that has made sums of over $35 million US dollars from a single tour in the past, now saying it can’t afford to pay $420,000/year for a coach!

On most occasions, TV rights for an ODI series can cover what Buchanan costs for a whole year, but SLC cannot afford him? What a farce!

I believe firmly that Buchanan can transform this highly skilled and disciplined Sri Lankan unit into world champions come 2015. Buchanan knows Australian conditions, where the next World Cup will be held, better than most and he is Australia's most successful coach.

Not being able to replace the mediocre Trevor Bayliss with a highly sought after and skilled coach portrays the steady demise of our cricket, under the hands of this government appointed administration. The lavish spending and the frequent overseas travel of some SLC officials has denied our cricketers the best in the business. You have a right to be outraged!

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Fernando_15's picture
Member since:
29 December 2008
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4 years 23 weeks

It's Sri Lanka cricket.

when will we EVER learn? this board has been corrupt since God knows when, the money we do receive is pissed down the drain for 'secretaries' who just happen to be related to those in charge.
Just imagine the talent pool we could have tapped into with money spent on grassroots cricket, development and the like.

Now snap back to reality. it's a bloody wonder how our national team keeps performing.

p.s why the feck does politics play a part in cricket?!

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Ranjan Rodrigo's picture

Ryan , u have hit the nail on the head. We must get best possible coach and not spend on Stadiums/ The panacea of all ills in our cricket is Politics. Wait and see politicians are killing the goos that lay the golden egg.The President is losing all respect as he is now very familiar with the cricketers. Which country head has so much time. Not even John Hpward who knew cricket was involved with the administartion. The president can afford to not dabble with cricket as his govt is stromg otherwisw. Cricket is an international game and its meddling by politicians and its corruption is known worldwide but alleagtions of corrupion in internal affairs does not interest the outside world will not be known outside but judging from Cricket one is constrained to believe that it is the same internally in the govt. Let them read all comments in many onlines.
How can one man elect a committee and selectors when before representatives of many clubs elect a head and committe. Or a person of standing with knowledge of cricket if made chairman will pick the rest as was done by Wijetilleke, Ana P, and Malalasekera.
I can go on and i am from Sydney where time is of essence and i do it for sake of cricket.
Ranjan Rodrigo, Sydney

SunJ's picture
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25 January 2010
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5 years 15 weeks

I agree that it is a disgrace when SLC says they "cannot afford" a good coach,however I think John Buchanan is a mediocre coach at best,with all due respect,anyone could have coached that Aussie team of Invincibles and they would have still won,they were that good a team,not dependent on coaching,and he did an absolutely dreadful job with the Kolkata Knight Riders,messed them up completely and caused divisions in that team as well,SLC should be able to afford the best but Buchanan is NOT the answer.

Hilal's picture
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20 November 2008
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We should be able to afford any coach considering the fact that the runners up prize money for the WC was over one million USD!

PM's picture

Just remember this during election time!

SunJ's picture
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25 January 2010
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@Hilal I guess the One million USD went towards paying off the USD 45 Million+ debt of SLC!

st's picture

the worldcup runners up money will go to player and not for hiring coaches.

silu's picture

we just post comments here, those who matter make dum calls, our cricket suffers! no world cup win for atleast another 20 yrs!

Marcian's picture
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8 December 2010
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36 weeks 20 hours

John Buchanan is over-rated as a coach, even Shane Warne has no regard for his coaching methods. He doesn't get much credit for coaching a star-studded Australian team. I feel Tom Moody is better than him!

SLC: Rs 4.5 billion in outstanding payments, Rs 2.5 billion in bank loans and Rs 47 million unaccounted WC tickets, but the minister of sports is happy with this - unbelievable.

Marcian's picture
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8 December 2010
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36 weeks 20 hours

He inherited a great team, pure coincidence – right time, right place.

He was a total failure at Middlesex! Not only Shane Warne but Ian Chappel also rubbishes his credentials as a coach. He's only good for holding boot camps and jungle treks; its cricket not Sandurst Royal Military Academy.

I, for one, am glad he's not short-listed to be coach of our national team.

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