McDermott arrives to-day, army man to escort him for quarantine in Kandy
Sri Lanka’s Australian fielding coach Shane McDermott arrived on Friday. He and the bowling coach David Saker had been struck in Australia since the last five months.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner’s offices in Canberra (for Saker) and Melbourne (for McDermott) have put both coaches on a priority list and are trying them to be sent on a first available flight to Colombo.
McDermott, who was first to arrive after about 40-hours including transition period, was escorted by an army man to drive him to a 4-star hotel in Kandy for a two-week quarantine.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Melbourne airport, where the coach arrived from Adelaide (via Jet Star flight) and spent about 13 hours before being put on a Friday morning Sri Lankan airlines flight to Sri Lanka, the fielding coach said, “Whilst back in Australia I had been staying in regular contact with the squad and staff. I have assisted to ensure our player development plans are up to date.”
“I have also assisted in the design of our coach education curriculum and looking at revamping our analysis data to assist us when we get back to international competition.”
“I have also spent some valuable time with my children and Partner Emma. I’m really looking forward to getting back and am very grateful for the support that I have received from Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) by honouring my contract during these unforeseen difficult times,” the 39-year-old McDemott concluded.