Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has asked their head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe to quit after their dismal run in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019. As per reports, SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva has written to Hathurusinghe asking him to resign.
Hathurusinghe asked to resign
Sri Lanka didn’t have the best of the World Cup and bowed out of the league stages of the competition. The Island nation was able to win three out of the nine matches they played and lost four games. Sri Lanka showed moments of brilliance when they stunned England due to which the tournament was wide open again. However, they failed to come up with consistent performances, and the lack of inexperience was palpable in their renditions.
Chandika Hathurusinghe, 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. As a result, SLC has decided to change the incumbent support staffs to change the face of Sri Lankan cricket.
SLC secretary Mohan de Silva had earlier said that he expected the entire Sri Lankan coaching staff to step down owning the poor outing in the World Cup. With no signs of that to happen, the apex body has asked the 51-year-old Chandika Hathurusinghe to step down from his role.
Chandika Hathurusinghe is likely to join his previous team Bangladesh after they decided to sack Steve Rhodes after the World Cup. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will go up against each other in a three-match ODI series starting from July 26.