Sri Lanka look to start afresh under new coach Nic Pothas


SL interim coach Nic Pothas
SL interim coach Nic Pothas 

Sri Lanka are looking to pick themselves up as the series against Zimbabwe begins this week in Galle after a string of poor performances prompted their coach to quit.

Angelo Mathews leads the Sri Lankans who take on Zimbabwe in the first of five one-day internationals today as they look to get over their first-round exit in the Champions Trophy.

South African Graham Ford quit as coach last week with assistant Nic Pothas taking over in an interim capacity for the clashes against Zimbabwe, whose tour will end with a single Test match next month in Colombo.

"It is beyond our control. What happens outside the field, we don’t think a lot about it," Mathews said . "Fordy has been fantastic, one of the very best in the business. Sorry to see him go. But, we have to move on and look ahead to this series."

The islanders have just won five of their 20 ODI games since August 2016 with two coming against Zimbabwe last November.