ODI Slump Forces Sri Lanka Cricket to Call Back Chandika Hathurusingha from South Africa
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Thursday (March 14) has asked its chief coach Chandika Hathurusingha to return home amid the ongoing five-match One-day International (ODI) series in South Africa.
The SLC President Shammi Silva said in a release while recalling Hathurusingha, who also served Bangladesh as a head coach between 2014-2017.
According to the Sri Lanka media, Hathurusingha will return to Sri Lanka following the culmination of ODI series at Newlands.
“Hathurusinghe has been asked to return from South Africa after the final ODI. Steve Rixon will take charge for the T20 series,” Silva said.
As of now, there’s no formal news regarding the contemplation of sacking of Hathurusingha.
However, the Lions will play under the guidance of fielding coach Steve Rixon. Following a series loss 4-0 with two one ODI to go at Newlands in Cape Town on March 16, the Islanders will face the Proteas subsequently in the three-match Twenty20 International series.
The three-match T20I series will run between March 19 and 24 respectively.
Earlier, the visitors outclassed hosts in the two-match Test series by winning both matches in Durban and Port Elizabeth respectively.
The visitors had scripted history on becoming first-ever Asian side to rout the Proteas in their backyard.
In December 2017, SLC has appointed the 50-year-old Hathurusingha as head coach in a bid to put an end to the Lankan’s crisis at the international cricket.
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Since Lankans have played under Hathurusingha’s tutelage they’ve slipped in the ICC Twent20 rankings which closed their door for automatic qualification for the 2020 World Cup. The mega-event of the shortest version of the game is scheduled in Australia.
Silva further reiterated they will take Hathurusingha in consideration regarding his strategy for the ICC World Cup 2019.
The multi-nation tournament will kick-off on May 30 in London. The Lions will start off their World Cup campaign on June 1 against New Zealand at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan skipper Lasith Malinga would want to avoid bagging an unwanted record as the ODI whitewash loom large.
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