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Pothas quits as Sri Lanka fielding coach

AFP  |  Colombo 

South African Pothas has ended his coaching contract with to spend time with his young family, the island nation's board said today.

The 44-year-old joined in 2016 as fielding but was unexpectedly elevated to the top job after Graham Ford's abrupt exit in June last year.

Under his stewardship were thumped in a home series against and humiliated by minnows in a one-day international tournament.

The islanders did however record a 2-0 Test series win over last year in the

Pothas and several other players then refused to travel to for the final Twenty20 international of the tour, citing security concerns.

After six months at the helm he was replaced by former Sri Lanka Test batsman Chandika Hathurusingha, who was named head in December.

He remained as fielding and had been expected to stay until August but Sri Lanka announced that the South African called it a day on Friday.

"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 said in a statement issued by the cricket board.

"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.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 21:30 IST