SL foreign coaching staff staying back ‘at the moment’
Sri Lanka’s foreign coaching staff is staying back, for the time being at least, in Colombo.
According to the sources in Sri Lanka Cricket (board), the members of the coaching staff were to go on annual leave in the month of April after the home Test series against England, which was scheduled to end on March 31.
However, due to Coronavirus threat the England tour ended abruptly and the team led by Joe Root left the country in hours after taking the decision of postponement of the series.
“Our head coach (Mickey Arthur), fielding coach (Shane McDermott), bowling coach (David Saker) and batting coach (Grant Flower) have nothing to do with the team now but are unable to leave early as flight schedules to Australia and England are disturbed.”
“I am not aware how England team could manage to leave early in emergency situation like this but our coaching staffs have no option but to remain in their hotel rooms,” the SLC source said.
“SLC is giving them the housing allowances and they are staying in different hotels depending upon their budget.”
Foreign coaches are likely to meet the SLC officials later this week to decide about their future plan and how and when can they leave and can return to prepare for the next home series against South Africa which is more than two months away.
“Team SL we’re waiting for a good Test series v England in Galle & Colombo! Unfortunately, it was not to be. Hoping to see you Joe & Team England back in SL when all’s well. Stay safe Gents,” Test captain Dimuth Karunratne has said on social media.
“Let’s be strong, unite and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Please follow all instructions by medical experts. Be vigilant and stay safe. Prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone,” another team member and ex-captain Angelo Mathews said with his folded hands.