SLC deny asking Rixon to travel to Sri Lanka for an interview

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“Sri Lanka Cricket would like to clarify that at no stage was [Rixon] shortlisted, neither was he asked to appear for an interview”

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have denied asking Australia assistant coach Steve Rixon to travel to Sri Lanka for an interview to become their next head coach as he was never shortlisted.

SLC added that only if Rixon had been shortlisted would they have required him to travel for a face-to-face interview.

Earlier this week, Rixon stated that he was infuriated about the fact that he had to travel all the way to Sri Lanka for an interview.

He also noted that the income being offered for the head coach job was “embarrassing”.

“Sri Lanka Cricket would like to clarify that at no stage was [Rixon] shortlisted, neither was he asked to appear for an interview,” SLC said via a statement. “SLC always follows the proper procedures and correct processes in recruitment and would never consider any applicant who is not prepared go through the proper process.”

SLC also revealed that Rixon had approached them about the job, when he “intimated his desire to be the head coach of the Sri Lankan team”.

“SLC acting CEO, Mr. Ashley De Silva, contacted Mr. Rixon via telephone, and during the discussion he inquired about the package that is associated with the said post,” the statement said. “Since it was inappropriate to disclose the package over the phone, SLC forwarded the current package and requested him to keep it confidential, and if he is shortlisted for the post, he will have to face an interview in Sri Lanka.

“Mr. Rixon responded indicating that the package disclosed to him was not attractive enough for him to consider. ln order to pursue the matter further, SLC requested him to indicate an amount of his expectation. However, there was no response from Mr. Rixon to-date.”

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