Marsh was like a father figure to us – Chandimal


by Rex Clementine


Sri Lanka’s vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal became the latest cricketer to speak in support of former coach of the national cricket team Geoff Marsh.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in 2011 unceremoniously dumped Marsh as the Head Coach of the national cricket team after the team had won the first Test on South African soil under his charge. Marsh successfully sued SLC and the board had to pay a massive compensation for unlawful termination of employment.

Chandimal, who skipped Sri Lanka’s tour to Zimbabwe due to injury is recovering and is expected to feature in the series in South Africa. It was in South Africa he made his Test debut five years ago.

Sri Lanka had suffered a massive innings defeat in the first Test at Centurion and Chandimal was brought in for the second Test in Durban.

Apart from neat glove work, Chandimal hit fifties in each innings batting at number seven and shared 100 plus partnerships in both innings with centurions Thilan Samaraweera and Kumar Sangakkara.

Chandimal gave a glimpse on the support he had received from the former Australian opener.

"Geoff Marsh was an outstanding coach. He deserves lot of credit for our maiden Test win on South African soil," Chandimal said.

"He was like a father figure to us. We had so many young guys in the squad apart from myself like Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne. He was extremely helpful towards us," Chandimal added.

Geoff’s two sons Shaun and Mitchell are Australian Test cricketers while his daughter Melissa represented Australia in basketball. She also had a stint at the WNBA.

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