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Sri Lanka’s new coaching staff arrive in Sri Lanka ahead of Pakistan tour


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Sri Lanka’s new coaching staff have arrived in Sri Lanka. Mickey Arthur, the Consultant (for Pak tour) and head coach thereafter and Australia’s Shane McDermott, the fielding coach reached Colombo.

Sri Lanka's new coaching staff arrive in Sri Lanka ahead of Pakistan tour

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Both were invited for SLC Award Ceremony on Tuesday night.

McDermott could not remain present at the Adelaide Oval, where Australia won the D/N Test against Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs on Monday.

“We will certainly miss him at our High Performance Unit”, Keith Bradshaw, the CEO at South Australia Cricket Association (SACA), speaking exclusively over telephone from Adelaide, said on Tuesday morning.

“He has talent and very popular among boys and coaches here”.

“Will miss him, but we are pleased that he is joining an international side and coaching an international team should be the ultimate goal for any coach. We wish him a good luck”,

Bradshaw, who also worked with the MCC in the past, further added.

Both-McDermott and Arthur- will be in Pakistan with the squad for the two Test matches in Rawalpindi (December 11-15) and Karachi (December 19-23).

The team manager and tour selector Ashantha De Mel will arrive in Sri Lanka on Friday. He has reached in London, where his elder daughter got graduation and achieved PH.D. in economics from Cambridge University.

Bowling coach David Saker’s arrival is delayed. He is not a member of the touring side and is likely to arrive in Sri Lanka around December 10, it is learnt here. Whereas, Grant Flower, the batting coach who will work with the white ball players (in Sri Lanka) during two Tests in Pakistan will be joining anytime soon.

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