Nic Pothas    Getty Images
Nic Pothas Getty Images

Far away from IPL, Sri Lanka are in a fix after Nic Pothas‘ sudden resignation as fielding coach. With Pothas’ focus on young family, the former South African wicketkeeper has called it time with Sri Lanka cricket. Pothas was hired as Sri Lanka’s fielding coach in 2016. After Graham Ford stepped down as head coach of Sri Lanka, Pothas took over the role for six months.

Pothas’ contract with SLC was to end on August 2018. However, he made an early request and has resigned as of April 13. Pothas his statement mentioned: “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 had an unpleasant outing with Sri Lanka as the head coach. It started off with Sri Lanka’s shocking 2-3 ODI series loss against Zimbabwe. It was followed by heavy slump against India at home and away. The only highlight of Pothas’ coaching has been their ending Pakistan’s unbeaten run at UAE in October. Sri Lanka won the two-match Test series 2-0.

Pothas thanked SLC and the support staff in his statement: “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. 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.”