Pothas leaves role as Sri Lanka fielding coach

Former Proteas wicketkeeper Nic Pothas has left his role as Sri Lanka’s fielding coach to spend more time with his young family, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has confirmed.

Pothas joined the Sri Lanka national side as a fielding consultant in 2016 but was then elevated to head coach after Graham Ford resigned in June 2017.

Under his Pothas’ guidance, Sri Lanka lost home and away Test series against India and were also embarrassingly beaten in an ODI series at home by Zimbabwe.

He did however guide the Asian side to a Test series victory against Pakistan in the UAE before he was replaced as coach in December by former Sri Lanka Test batsman Chandika Hathurusingha.

Pothas stayed on as fielding coach but has now decided to leave the role.

In a statement issued by the SLC, Pothas said: “After two incredible years with Sri Lanka cricket, this is the right time for me to move on to other opportunities, which will allow me to spend quality time with my young family.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to be involved with Sri Lanka.

“It has given me the opportunity to learn and improve as a coach as well as to contribute to a very talented bunch of players. It will always hold a special place in my heart.”