With Chandika Hathurusingha all but guaranteed to step down as Bangladesh head coach, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), on Thursday (November 23), insisted that it would not persuade the Sri Lankan to reconsider his decision.
However, made it clear it would end its association with him as per the agreement, which effectively rules out any possibility of the coach’s plans of joining Sri Lanka ahead of the next year’s series against Bangladesh.
Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB chief executive, made the announcement, as he confirmed the board had received a letter from Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala regarding the whole issue.
“After the letter of Thilanga Sumathipala to our president, it is a matter between two boards, and hopefully we will have a solution in this regard soon,” Nizamuddin said.
The BCB official further said the board does not have any option except to find a solution as per the agreement, as Hathurusingha has made up his mind of stepping down.
“As he does not want to stay and anyone can approach him, and accepting that is entirely his personal matter, the board [BCB] has very little to do in this regard. What we are looking forward is trying to come to a solution as per our agreement,” he said.
Reports were suggesting that Hathurusingha was looking to join Sri Lanka before the series against Bangladesh but with BCB keen to follow the agreement, it looks impossible at the moment. According to the agreement, the coach needs to serve a three-month notice period before ending his contract before the end of his actual tenure.
His contract was set to expire at the end of the 2019 World Cup, but he had surprisingly submitted his resignation last month and has now made up his mind on ending his association with the team with which he enjoyed a very successful spell.
During his tenure, Hathurusingha guided Bangladesh to the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup, and the semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy in addition to ODI series wins over India, Pakistan and South Africa. In Tests, Bangladesh registered their first-ever win against England and Australia at home, and against Sri Lanka away.
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