Nigeria has signed up Asanka Gurusinha, the former Sri Lanka batsman and supervisor of the nationwide crew, as their head coach and high-performance director. In his new job, beginning this month, Gurusinha can even the coaching of native coaches, with the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) transferring to deal with “large development and improvement in all areas of the game“.
Nigeria has been on the rise within the final yr and a half, with appearances on the Beneath-19 World Cup earlier this yr in addition to on the 2019 T20 World Cup qualifier – whereas the women crew performed the World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe in 2019 – and are actually aiming larger.
“The appointment of Asanka marks one other milestone on this administration’s want to lift the usual of the sport within the nation each on the elite and improvement stage,” Yahaya Adam Ukwenya, president of the NCF, mentioned in an announcement. “Internally, his appointment will tremendously impact on our improvement construction as we glance to start our Accelerated Progress Program.
“On the large stage, Nigeria can not take a passing curiosity in world cricket, we should always have the ability to compete in any respect ranges we play and never simply make up the numbers.”
Gurusinha, now 54, represented Sri Lanka as a participant from 1985 to 1996, most memorably at the 1996 World Cup, the place he scored 307 runs from six innings at a median of 51.16 as Sri Lanka gained the trophy for the primary – and thus far solely – time. General, he performed 41 Tests (2452 runs at a median of 38.92, seven centuries and eight half-centuries) and 147 ODIs (3902 runs at 28.27, two centuries and 22 half-centuries). He additionally picked up 46 worldwide wickets along with his part-time medium tempo.
A Stage three coach, Gurusinha has extra just lately been cricket supervisor and selector for the Sri Lanka males’ crew and in addition a marketing consultant with Cricket Australia.
NCF mentioned that Gurusinha can be formally unveiled as the brand-new coach at a ceremony within the capital metropolis of Abuja on December 8, with the nationwide crew members and federation officers in attendance.