SAN FRANCISCO, 29. November (THEWILL) – Asanka Gurusinha, the hard hitting left-handed woman who was part of the Sri Team that won the Lankan World Cup in 1996 named Nigeria’s head coach and high-performance manager, was announced.
In this role, which begins next month, Gurusinha will lead the Nigeria Cricket Federation’s high-performance division while serving as a coach, trainer and mentor to the country’s rapidly growing number of national coaches.
The 54-year-old, who is also Australian, has spent many of his final years in Australia but had an 11-year international career, completing 41 Tests and 147 One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka. The highlights of his active career include an important 65 runs, which were achieved in the 1996 final against Australia in Lahore.
Cricket has been around since the late 19th. Played in Nigeria in the 19th century. The national team played their first game in 1904 when a team representing the Lagos Colony played the Gold Coast Colony.
Today the team nicknamed « The Yellow Greens » is headed by Ademola Onikoyi, and the Nigeria Cricket Association has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 2002.
For the past three years, the Nigerian national teams have played at the highest level in cricket in the world due to the success they have achieved. The best known was the participation in the ICC U19 World Championship 2020 in South Africa, the Twennty20 World Cup qualification for seniors in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates and the World Cup qualification for the women’s national team in Zimbabwe in 2019.
In order to continuously improve and maintain the standard of performance of the team at the elite level, the association has taken the bold step of employing a foreign coach of international repute and qualification with a proven track record of the highest level.
This has become imperative as Nigeria wants to compete in more international tournaments in the near future and also improve its performance in the world cricket rankings.
Yahaya Adam Ukwenya, President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, described the move in his response to the appointment as timely, focused and endorsed by the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
« The appointment of Asanka marks another milestone in this government’s desire to improve the standard of play in the country at both elite and development levels. Internally, his appointment will have a significant impact on our development structure if we are to begin our accelerated growth program.
“On the big stage, Nigeria can no longer show any temporary interest in world cricket. We should be able to compete at every level we play, not just put the numbers together. ”
The head coach will be on Tuesday the 8th. December, officially presented in the VIP Lounge at the National Stadium in Abuja. Officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, officials from the association, media, players and guests are expected.
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