Sri Lanka eyes on ex-Bangladesh coach Hathurusingha

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Pns: Sri Lanka is in talks to hire former Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha to groom its national team for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, sources said on Wednesday.

The 49-year-old Sri Lankan stepped down from the Bangladesh team earlier this month after a disastrous tour of South Africa.

The sports minister openly admitted that he would like to see Hathurusingha become head coach and said: "I (would) certainly welcome Hathurusingha to prepare our team for the next World Cup."

Under Hathurusingha, perennial minnows Bangladesh made rapid strides in world cricket, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy tournament in England this year.

But he came in for criticism during Bangladesh’s recent tour of South Africa, where the team failed to register a single win.

Chandika Hathurusingha will visit Bangladesh within a short time and his resignation has been the primary source of speculation in recent times.

Hathurusingha became the fourth highest paid coach in the world. His contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board was supposed to run until World Cup 2019 and made him one of the highest-paid cricket coaches in the world on $40,000 a month.

However, a Deccan Chronicle report has quoted Jayasekara where the sports minister suggested that Hathurusingha is willing to work for much less at Sri Lanka.

"He has said he is not expecting a big salary here and that he wants to do something for the country," Jayasekara said.

"We respect him for coming here leaving a big salary there."

Hathurusingha played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs for Sri Lanka before becoming the assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss, a job he lost in 2010.


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