Former Sri Lanka cricketer ‘shows interest’ to coach Ranji Trophy team
Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning team member Asanka Gurusinha has shown interest to coach India’s one of the Ranji Trophy teams. According to the sources here, he is believed to have sent his CV to the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA).
It may be noted here that another Sri Lanka-born Australian coach Dav Whatmore’s three-year contract with Kerala team ended with the last season.
The 53-year-old Gurusinha has worked with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in various positions as coach, selector, team manager and High Performance Manager before returning to his adopted country Australia last year.
“Gurusinha’s name has not been recommended by Whatmore but he himself has shown interest,” Sreejith Nair, the secretary of the Association confirmed.
Gurusinha is a Level 3 certified Cricket Coach and was also the Consultant Regional Cricket Coach for Cricket Australia (CA) in the past.
“We have an online AGM on June 1 where the credentials of other candidates will be discussed,” S. Ramesh, another key member of the association said.
“So many cricketers/coaches have shown interest and will hire the coach (either foreigner or Indian) as per our budget,” he added.
South Africa’s Heinrich Malan is one among the other foreigners who has also shown interest. The 40-year-old South African has played 10 First Class matches.
Initially, the coach may be given a short-term contract. Kerala’s seam bowler G. Jayakumar has also applied for the post.