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Nic Pothas takes an early exit as Sri Lanka's Coach, new appointment soon

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Sri Lankan cricket interim head coach Nic Pothas reacts as he talks with captain Upul Tharanga
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Pothas was made Sri Lanka’s fielding coach after former Lankan Test batsman Chandika Hathurusingha was named head Coach in December last year.

Former South African international Nic Pothas hung his boots as Sri Lanka’s Coach two months early of the stipulated contractual period. The Sri Lanka board has let Pothas go on good terms and it would seek to appoint two new coaches within the next two months.

The Johannesburg born Pothas joined Sri Lanka in 2016 as fielding coach. Within a short span, he was unexpectedly elevated to the top job after Graham Ford's abrupt exit in June last year.

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The 44-year-old cited his young family as the reason for his early exit as he said, "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." 

However, it is understood that after the appointment of Chandika Hathurusingha as Sri Lanka’s head Coach, Pothas found himself in catch 22 as it limited his position to a fielding coach.

Pothas had a forgettable stint as the national coach as he was in charge of the Sri Lankan team when it was thumped in a home series against India and humiliated by cricket minnows Zimbabwe in an ODI tournament.

The silver lining in Pothas’s stay with Sri Lanka was when the team whitewashed Pakistan in UAE, ending Pakistan's unbeaten run in the Gulf region.

"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," Pothas said in his final statement as the Sri Lankan Coach.

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