Nigeria head coach Asanka Gurusinha resigns

Asanka Gurusinha.Asanka Gurusinha.

Former Sri Lanka batsman Asanka Gurusinha has resigned as Nigeria’s head coach.

Gurusinha was appointed in late 2020.

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“This is to inform the general public and all cricket stakeholders in Nigeria that Asanka Gurusinha has resigned rom his role as head coach and high-performance manger,” read a statement from Nigeria Cricket Federation secretary generaal Taiwo Orris.

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

“Asanka was employed in the role on 1 December 2020 and within the short period he made a significant impact in the game in Nigeria, notably bringing in more discipline in the players’ approach to the game.

“He established a coaching development template that has been rolled out for Nigeria coaches.

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

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

Gurusinha played 41 Tests and 147 ODIs from 1985 to 1996. He struck nine centuries in international cricket. He was part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning squad.

“Asanka 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 will explore options to develop future sustained relationships in one form or another,” added Orris.

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