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Sakshi Jain ∙ Sep 29 2022, 1:30 AM | 2 Min Read

Ian Salisbury given a gardening leave following his dispute with Jack Carson

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The former English cricketer Ian Salisbury has been sacked as Sussex coach in the first-class and List-A format. The veteran has not taken the charge of the team since mid-August and it is revealed that he has been put on gardening leave by the Sussex management.

Salisbury came under the scanner for his treatment of 21-year-old spinner Jack Carson. The youngster made his debut for Sussex two years during the Bob Willis Trophy 2020. Carson made an impact immediately as he ended up as the top wicket-taker for the club.

The spinner continued his good form in the 2021 edition of the County Championship as well as he was again the highest wicket-taker for Sussex. However, the first half of the 2022 edition of the County Championship saw Carson warming the bench due to a knee injury.

The young rookie made a comeback to the team in August only when Salisbury was removed from his post as the coach. It is revealed that there was a non-cricketing dispute between the coach and Carson. The club is all set to set up an inquiry and take appropriate action.

Kirtley speaks about Sussex’s poor performance

Meanwhile, Sussex’s T20 coach James Kirtley has taken the charge of the team. Kirtley joined Sussex two years back at the same time as Salisbury. He succeeded Jason Gillespie as the coach in the shortest format of the game. The club failed to make a mark in the Championship this year.

They are expected to finish at the second-last place in the points table with just one victory from 13 league matches. Kirtley believes that the players have been distracted by the entire situation. He also refused to make a comment on the entire fiasco surrounding Salisbury.

Speaking to BBC, the coach said,

"We can't make any further comment on that. There's a legal process that has to be followed. But it's an obvious distraction to the lads. We talk a lot about distractions. This is a time of year when contracts are negotiated, and for this young side, it's very important they understand that this is part of the game, and their ability to rise above those situations is a real skill.”

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