Sri Lanka’s former sacked Aussie coach, takes legal action

May 23, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s former Australian cricket coach Geoff Marsh has sent a letter of demand over his unfair dismissal, a report said Wednesday. Marsh, 53, who was given a two-year contract in September 2011, was removed in January and replaced by South African Graham Ford.

Sri Lanka Cricket did not give any reasons for showing him the door, but his dismissal was part of a major shake-up following the national team’s poor performance.

Marsh had sent us a letter of demand three weeks ago. We have referred it to our legal department to check the matter out and deal with it, Sri Lanka Cricket President Upali Dharmadasa told the Colombo-based Daily Mirror newspaper.

Ford, 51, is the fourth Sri Lanka coach since Australian Trevor Bayliss stepped aside after the World Cup final in April 2011.

Bayliss’s assistant Stuart Law took over for the England series but quit to coach Bangladesh.

Sri Lankan pace bowler Rumesh Ratnayake took over for the home series against Australia and was replaced by Marsh.