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Hathurusinghe set to sign as SL Head Coach

Hathurusinghe set to sign as SL Head Coach

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By Anjana Kaluarachchi

Former SL cricketer presently performing as the highly successful Head Coach of Bangladesh Chandika Hathurusinghe is on the verge of signing up with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as their head coach Ceylon Today reliably learns. A source close to SLC said that after negotiations an agreement has been reached with Hathurusinghe regarding his remuneration package and SLC is trying to get his services also staying in the good books of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) who have signed a contract with Hathurusinghe till the end of 2019 and have the legal right to go to Courts against him if he were to resign prior to that.

According to a source close to Hathurusinghe, he had confirmed that he is in fact the front runner for the position in competition with Australia's Jason Gillespie and Dean Jones, but Hathurusinghe is not in a position to comment about any development as he is already under contract with BCB.

Meanwhile, SLC officials did not openly confirm about the development and said nothing has been yet finalized, even though one Executive Committee Member confirmed the negotiations were successful and they will get Hathurusinghe even if BCB opposes.

Hathurusinghe (49) has played 26 Tests and 35 ODI's for Sri Lanka before becoming Sri Lanka's shadow coach under Trevor Bayliss and was set to take over after the 2011 ICC World Cup, but was sacked in 2010. Then skipper Kumar Sangakkara begged SLC to keep Hathurusinghe with the team, which didn't bear fruit.

He then migrated to Australia and landed a job as coach of New South Wales before taking over the Head Coach position of Bangladesh and performed a miracle by transforming them into a formidable side. Since 2015 they have beaten Pakistan 3-0 in an ODI series at home, followed by a 2-1 ODI series win against India at home. That was followed by a 2-1 ODI series win against South Africa and 3-0 win against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh then hosted the Asia Cup and finished as runner-up.

In Tests, they beat England by 108 runs at home securing a historic win, while drawing a Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka by winning the second Test, which was also their 100th. They also drew the ODI series as well as the T20 series before they made it to the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Bangladesh media reports suggest that things aren't as smooth as it was before between Hathurusinghe and BCB, as well as with some of the players, as BCB has already launched an internal inquiry into their disastrous tour of South Africa where they lost all the matches.

There have been recent instances where BCB decisions were not in sync with Hathurusinghe's demands regarding the team, which reflects a shift in the authority he had over the team.

Thilan Samaraweera, who was batting consultant of the Bangladesh team, joined the SL team as batting coach ahead of the SL tour of India and has signed a contract till the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Sri Lanka Head Coach position has been vacant since Graham Ford left the job early this year, even though he too was signed until the 2019 ICC World Cup. It's understood that Ford was not satisfied with some of the developments at SLC, where he felt his authority was being undermined which made him leave on vacation but never returned. At present Nic Pothas acts as interim Head Coach.

Posted on 2017-11-09 22:38:45
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