On Tuesday, it was announced by South African Nic Pothas, who has stepped down for the role of the fielding consultant. Nic Pothas ends Sri Lanka contract. His role as fielding consultant of a Sri Lanka team he briefly coached until Chandika Hathurusingha was hired in December, the country's cricket board said.
Pothas' two-year contract with SLC was to end in August, but he had made a request to leave early and he ended his contract with SLC on the 13th of April. The 44-year-old 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 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," Pothas said in a statement issued by Sri Lanka Cricket.
"I would like to thank Sri Lanka Cricket for affording this special opportunity. I would also like to thank my fellow coaches and all the players I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with for all the support they have provided me. Finally, I must thank all the supporters who follow Sri Lanka so passionately, for all their support during my tenure," Pothas further added "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."