Sri Lanka's Australian fielding coach Rixon not seeking extension
Australian fielding coach Steve Rixon is not returning to coach Sri Lankans. This was confirmed by Rixon himself.
The 65-year-old former Australian wicket-keeper batsman has returned to Sydney (via Malaysia Airlines) from Colombo (he traveled from England to Sri Lanka with the team after team exit from the World Cup).
Speaking exclusively over telephone, he said, "I am definitely not joining".
"There are certain reasons", he said without elaborating much.
"I have been on coaching for quite some time and need break. Not joining any other national team or the Leagues", he, however, further added.
Rixon's appointment was till the World Cup and is not seeking extension.
Manoj Abeywickrama, who was also in England with the other extra players and was assisting Rixon, may be asked to continue for the home series against Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka's batting coach, Jon Lewis, whose contract was also till the World Cup is unlikely to return.
In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket is likely to restrict A division cricket to ten teams, instead of 14.
"To keep competition tough, this will be done", the sports minister Harin Fernando explained.
"Will also withdraw the premier status for all 24 clubs. Only top ten will get and bottom 14 teams will need to compete to come on top. Every two years these clubs will go down and two other will come on top", the sports minister, signed off.