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Dec 19, 2010

Law ready to coach Sri Lanka

Assistant Coach of the Sri Lanka team, former Australia cap Stuart Law says that he is willing to step into the shoes of outgoing head coach and compatriot Trevor Bayliss, if Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) offers him the position, post 2011 World Cup.

“Yes, if an offer is made very definitely, I am willing to consider it. It would also be an opportunity that would be very hard to turn down, and there is no reason to ignore such a career-enhancing offer.”

Law, 42, who joined the Sri Lanka team as its assistant coach in November 2009, succeeding Englishman Paul Farbrace, said that Bayliss had already proved his credentials as a top notch coach in world cricket.

"Trevor (Bayliss) is one of the top rated coaches going in the world game, and what he has achieved during the past four years with Sri Lanka is testimony to his skills as an international coach."

“You take his stats with Sri Lanka since 2006, and you can see that Sri Lanka has won a lot of series against some of the top teams in world cricket be it in Tests or ODIs, and his record compared to some of the others who have coached Sri Lanka previously is tremendous.”

“I know that Trevor desperately wants to get back home to be with his son who is now of school going age and he too misses his family and therefore has made a decision to head to Australia.”

Law stated that there comes a time when a person would feel that enough is enough and that he would understand the stance taken by Bayliss to head Down Under, upon the completion of the 2011 World Cup in the sub continent.

“May be you can’t take it down too much further, and so he has made his decision known to SLC and for their part if Sri Lanka Cricket is willing to talk to me on taking over the post, I am more than willing to consider it.”

Asked whether he would be ready to be deputy to any other coach, the Sri Lanka assistant coach commented that he would have no grouse but throw in his lot with whomever SLC chooses to replace Bayliss with.

“If that is the way Sri Lanka Cricket is prepared to go, then I am not going to have my nose put out of joint,”
added the ex-Australian batsman who won a solitary Test cap against Sri Lanka at Perth in the 1995-96 season in addition to winning 54 ODI caps during a chequered career.

“I too like to have a crack at coaching a team myself one day, and from the modern game I am not too far removed as I only stopped playing cricket only a year and half ago, and if they choose to go with someone else I am comfortable with that too.”

Head coach Trevor Bayliss, 47, announced during Sri Lanka’s three-match ODI series against Australia in Australia last November that he would be quitting his post at the end of next year’s World Cup to be jointly organized by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

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1 comment:

  1. i dont rly think he should get it, a exprience player shuld be put in to as a head coach. I think that person should be Roy!!! + hes Sri Lanka!!!


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