SA’S NICK POTHAS STEPS DOWN AS SRI LANKA FIELD­ING CON­SUL­TANT

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COLOMBO — South African Nick Pothas has stepped down as the field­ing con­sul­tant of a Sri Lanka team he briefly coached un­til Chandika Hathu­rus­ingha was hired in De­cem­ber, the coun­try’s cricket board said yes­ter­day.

He was handed the in­terim head coach’s role last June fol­low­ing Gra­ham Ford’s exit and con­sid­ered a con­tender for the per­ma­nent po­si­tion be­fore re­turn­ing to his field­ing role once Hathu­rus­ingha ar­rived.

“Af­ter two in­cred­i­ble years ... 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,” Pothas said in a state­ment.

“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.”

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