Nic Pothas, Sri Lanka"s new fielding coach, speaks at a press meeting 27 Jun, 2017
Nic Pothas first entered Sri Lanka"s coaching system after he was appointed the fielding coach of the national team in July 2016 © AFPFormer South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pothas has been appointed Sri Lanka"s interim coach days after Graham Ford quit the job, following the team"s group-stage exit at the Champions Trophy this month. Pothas, who has served as Sri Lanka"s fielding coach since August last year, will oversee the team until the end of the India tour, SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said. Pothas" role as interim coach will begin at home with the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which starts on July 2, followed by one Test. Before taking over as Sri Lanka"s fielding coach, Pothas was the academy director at Leicestershire County and has also served as the director of cricket at Guernsey. Pothas played three ODIs for South Africa in 2000 but did not manage to find a regular spot in the team, with Mark Boucher holding the incumbent post. A long-time Hampshire player, Pothas scored over 11,000 runs and effected 659 dismissals in 218 first-class games.

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