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Ex-Proteas player Pothas roped in as Lanka fielding coach

Hampshire's Nic Pothas hits out in an innings of 68 during their C&G Trophy one-day cricket final against Warwickshire at Lords, in London, September 3, 2005. REUTERS/Toby Melville  TM/RD/DY - RTRZYAP
Hampshire's Nic Pothas hits out in an innings of 68 during their C&G Trophy one-day cricket final against Warwickshire at Lords, in London, September 3, 2005. REUTERS/Toby Melville TM/RD/DY - RTRZYAP

Colombo:Former South African wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pothas has been appointed as the fielding coach of the Sri Lankan national team, the country’s cricket board has confirmed.

Reflecting on his appointment, Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala said his side’s fielding had let them down in their last few tours and, therefore, they had decided to appoint Pothas to give them necessary boost.

“Our last few outings are showing a marked improvement in the batting and bowling, however our fielding has been letting us down. Pothas joining the support team already in place will give the necessary boost to this important area. We always believe in engaging the best professional advice and technical support for our national team and this appointment is one such positive step,” Sumathipala was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Hampshire player Pothas had notched up over 11,000 runs and effected 659 dismissals in 218 first-class games he played. He also made three ODI appearances for South Africa in 2000. (ANI)

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