Chandika Hathurusingha Likely to Take up the Sri Lanka Head Coach Role
Chandika Hathurusingha, the coach of the Bangladesh Cricket team, has reportedly placed his resignation in front of the Bangladesh Cricket Board earlier today. He will now take up the head coach role of Sri Lankan Cricket team as reported in Cricbuzz. The Board officials were in negotiations with Hathurusingha after Graham Ford stepped down from the prestigious position in June. While Hathurusingha was not too interested in the offer, it is learned that Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) has requested former cricketer Kumar Sangakkara to convince him.
Notably, two weeks ago SLC CEO Ashley De Silva thanked Jason Gillespie and Geoff Marsh, who was shortlisted for the role, for showing their interest demonstrating that they have finalized the name. However, SLC officials didn’t utter a single word regarding their negotiation with Hathurusingha.
It is believed that Hathurusingha was not too happy with former Bangladesh players occupying the key positions in the board. Without any doubt, he will seek freedom in choosing his support staffs from SLC to build the Sri Lankan team keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup. Reportedly, former Sri Lankan coaches have indicated about too much interference in team affairs by the board officials and politicians.
Earlier, it was scheduled that SLS will declare the name of head coach in mid-December, but as per latest developments, Hathurusingha can take up the job much earlier. If he takes up the job, he will be the highest earning Sri Lanka coach, and in fact, the pay package can even be more than the annual earnings of a player. The Sri Lankan team is currently in India under Nic Pothas, the interim coach.
Sangakkara and Hathurusingha enjoy a close relationship, and it was the former who requested the board officials to make Hathurusingha the assistant of Bayliss. Impressed by the understanding of the game, Sangakkara believed that he would take up the head coach role after Bayliss. However, a disagreement with the then SLC chief D.S de Silva saw him parting his ways and move to Sri Lanka.
Several players from the current team like the captain Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and Dimuth Karunaratne trained under the watchful eyes of Hathurusingha when they were in the Sri Lanka A side. Before joining Bangladesh in 2013, he had a small stint with New South Wales. He has done some wonderful work with the Bangladesh cricket team as they enjoyed a fair bit of success during his tenure.
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