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Hathurusingha resigns as Bangladesh coach; likely to take up Sri Lanka job

Daily Mirror 2017-11-09 15:26:05

Bangladesh Cricket head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has reportedly tendered his resignation two years ahead of his contract ends in 2019 and may be heading home to take up the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team.

Sri Lanka Cricket was reportedly in discussions with Hathurusingha after Graham Ford parted his ways in June but refrained from making public statements given Hathurusingha’s contractual obligation with the BCB.

Though Sri Lanka Cricket is yet to officially announced signing Hathurusingha, it is well-known that the former Sri Lanka opener is SLC’s first choice for the vacant post.  It is understood that Sri Lanka Cricket is even willing to match Hathurusingha’s salary with PCB who is reportedly one of the highest paid coaches in world cricket.

Sri Lanka this week hired Thilan Samaraweera, a longtime friend and associate of Hathurusingha as batting coach. Samaraweera was Bangladesh batting consultant till mid this year and his appointment with Sri Lanka Cricket is said to have been influenced by Hathurusingha.

Under Hathurusingha, Bangladesh made great strides in World Cricket. They made the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup and the semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. They had also defeated India, Pakistan and South Africa in home bilateral series, and have climbed up the ODI rankings as a result.

In Tests, Bangladesh registered their first-ever wins against England and Australia at home, and against Sri Lanka away. The team has, however, recently returned from a dispiriting tour to South Africa.