NCF head coach, Asanka Gurusinha resigns

Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

Nigeria Cricket Head Coach Asanka Gurusinha has resigned his appointment with the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) on health grounds The Trumpet gathered.

Asanka, who is also the High-Performance Manager of the federation, through his resignation letter dated March 31, 2022, revealed that the complicity surrounding his health is affecting his effectiveness in the game.

According to the statement by NCF, Asanka whose service was secured two years ago on December 1, 2020, has tremendously added value to the cricket team especially by inculcating the culture of discipline in the cricketer.

The NCF emphasising the feat recorded by Asanka in establishing a coaching template to help prospective cricket coaches to excel in the sports affirmed that Asanka’s job will be allowed to run until June 30, 2022, according to the contract terms.

The NCF statement signed by the Secretary-General, Taiwo Oriss, read: “This is to inform the general public and all cricket stakeholders in Nigeria that Asanka Gurusinha has resigned from his role as Head Coach & High-Performance Manager of the Nigeria Cricket Federation.

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“In a letter sent to the Board of the Federation dated 31 March 2022, Asanka’s resignation is in connection with health complications which made him unable to effectively conduct his role.

“Asanka was employed in the role on 1st December 2020 and within the short period, he made significant impacts in the game in Nigeria, notably bringing in more discipline to players’ approach to the game and establishing a coaching development template that has been rolled out for Nigerian coaches.

“In accordance with the terms of his contract, his resignation becomes effective on 30 June 2022. He would spend the next couple of months working with the Federation on a smooth transition and agreeing on a plan with his coaching team for the Federation’s upcoming activities.

“The Board thanks Asanka for the immense contributions he has made to the development of the game in Nigeria, whilst wishing him the best with the surgery he expects to undertake and the subsequent recovery.

“Asanka Gurusinha is well noted for the stellar role he played in helping Sri Lanka clinch the 1996 World Cup. As he returns to his base in Melbourne, Australia, the Federation would explore options to develop future sustained relationships in one form or another,” the statement said.

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