Chandika Hathurusingha – From Dhaka to Colombo?
Bangladesh Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has tendered his resignation to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to which he had been contracted till the 2019 world cup.
ThePapare.com reliably learns that Hathurusingha will take up the Sri Lanka national cricket team’s Head Coach position from January 2018 for a period of three years. The position has been vacant since Graham Ford resigned in June.
Former ‘Shadow coach’, Hathurusingha left for Australia when Sri Lanka Cricket sacked him in 2010. A steady opening batsman in his playing days, he represented Sri Lanka in 26 Tests and was among one of the most experienced domestic cricketers, in possession of 10,861 first-class runs and 425 wickets.
After Ford’s exit, SLC appointed fielding coach Nic Pothas as the interim head coach and he has overseen the national team in their series against Zimbabwe, India and Pakistan.
ThePapare.com further learned that Hathurusingha has agreed to a remuneration of 30,000 dollars per month (4.6 million rupees).
“We are in discussion with a couple of coaches, around 3-4 personnel including Nic Pothas. We will finalize the appointment at the end of this year and hopefully by January next year, we will have a new permanent head coach.” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley De Silva stated at a press briefing last week.
Under Hathurusingha, Bangladesh has made large strides in the past three years, entering the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup and the semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. They have also defeated India, Pakistan and South Africa in home bilateral ODI series. In the longer format of the game, Bangladesh registered their first-ever wins against England and Australia at home, and against Sri Lanka away this year.
Sri Lanka are set to tour Bangladesh next year for a full tour which will consist of 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 1 T20I.
Last week, SLC hired the services of Thilan Samaraweera as the batting coach for a period of three years from the upcoming India tour. Samaraweera worked as the Bangladesh batting consultant upon Hathurusinghe’s recommendation in 2016.