Nuwan Zoysa keen to be Goa coach

Goan cricket will turn over a new leaf with the appointment of a foreign coach next season.

The Goa Cricket Association has already held talks with two Sri Lankan cricketers and at least one of them is more than eager to take charge of Goan cricket. “I was in Sri Lanka for the World T20 cricket and took the opportunity to initiate talks with former Sri Lankan cricketers Marvan Atapattu and Nuwan Zoysa. From among the two, Zoysa is keen,” GCA president Vinod Phadke told TOI at the GCA headquarters in Porvorim on Wednesday.

The GCA currently has a one-year agreement with former Test cricketer Surinder Amarnath who scored a century on debut in both his unofficial Test against Sri Lanka and official Test debut in New Zealand.

“We want the best for Goan cricket. Zoysa and Atapattu, for example, are big names in the world of cricket and their presence here can work wonders for the confidence of our players. If any one of them agree, they will monitor the coaching programme at all levels,” said Phadke.

Phadke said Atapattu was “not too keen” on leaving Sri Lankan shores while Zoysa was excited about the challenge and “not too bothered about the money on offer as well.”

“Zoysa is expected in Goa for the Ranji Trophy opening match next month. He will get a feel of the cricket being played here and also the capabilities of our cricketers. We are all excited,” said GCA secretary Chetan Desai. (TNN)