Just days ahead of the Third Test against England, at the Rose Bowl, Stuart Law admits that he is still in limbo regarding his long-term future with Sri Lanka.
The former Australian batsman, who spent 14 years in England playing for Essex, Lancashire and Derbyshire, says he is hoping to receive a decision within the next few weeks from the Sri Lanka Cricket Committee, in order that he can plan for the future – either to continue as a member of the Sri Lankan coaching set-up or with alternative employment.
“I’m only coach on an interim basis and my contract expires in November,” said Law. “They have said that after the UK tour they will make a decision but I’m wondering if that is the case. If I am part of their plans, then really I would like to know now because if they don’t want me, then I’ve got some other opportunities that I could seek.
“I don’t know where I stand at the moment, and surely if they are going to make me Head Coach, or not, they should know very soon. I think I deserve the respect of being told where I stand and, if they have someone else in mind, okay but tell me.
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity and a great experience to work with some of the best players on the planet. I’ve enjoyed it immensely and naturally I’d jump at the chance of being appointed on a full-time basis.”
Law believes that Sri Lanka have a bright future despite the recent retirements of two of their world-class players, Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga, from Test cricket.
“Sri Lanka not only possess tried and trusted players but also have an exciting group of youngsters coming through,” he said. “We brought over a relatively young side for this Test series, particularly in the bowling department. In Test cricket, you need to have an attack that can take you 20 wickets and work out how you are going to do it.
“In the past and, up until this series, we had one guy who bowled 40 overs from one end and now we haven’t got that. So we have to learn how to do without that and get wickets other ways. So it’s a learning curve, not only for the young players out there but for senior players who have been around for a while because their expectations are such that they are wondering ‘Why aren’t we taking wickets?’
“But I believe that the bowlers that we have here have got some real talent and they are gaining experience every time they walk out on to the field for Sri Lanka, so they will be better off after this tour.
“I’m convinced Sri Lanka will become a big force in world cricket and I’d very much like to be a part of it for a long time. That’s up to the powers that be, however, and all I can do is wait for them to make a decision as quickly as possible and let me know where I stand.”