Chandika Hathurusingha is likely to resume his association with the Bangladesh Cricket Team after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) asked him to step down from the head coach role. Reports emerged that SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva has written to Hathurusingha asking him to resign.

Hathurusingha likely to join Bangladesh

Chandika Hathurusingha, who joined the team in December 2017 after he left his job with the Bangladesh team has failed to turn Sri Lanka’s fate in world cricket. They lost 13 out of the 20 ODIs played in the run-up to the World Cup under his charge, which left them at No.8 in international rankings. Post a dismal outing in the ICC World Cup 2019, Sri Lanka have decided to part ways with the 51-year-old.

Chandika Hathurusinghe.
Chandika Hathurusinghe.

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In the meantime, Bangladesh have also sacked Steve Rhodes following the World Cup exit. Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan has said that they have started the procedure of roping in the support staffs. He also hinted that they will talk with Chandika Hathurusingha after the ongoing series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka gets over. Meanwhile, former cricketer Khaled Mahmud has taken over the job of the head coach for this series.

“We have started the process to find a head coach, a fast-bowling coach and a physio,” Hassan said. “Since the ODI series is about to begin, we are not allowed to talk to Hathurusingha. He will become a candidate when there’s a break after this series if he expresses his wish to come. We want a coach as soon as possible. We are in talks but some of the coaches are still involved in their present jobs,” he added.

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Nazmul Hassan. Credit: BCB

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Furthermore, Nazmul Hasan also added that they will prefer someone with previous experience of working with a subcontinent team. This makes way for Chandika Hathurusingha more open, which will only get more evident in the coming days. However, the only thing that seemingly stands in the way of his return to that position is the manner of his exit from the Sri Lanka set-up, which remains unclear. Hathurusingha had earlier coached Bangladesh from 2014 to 2017.