Bangladesh confident of Hathurusingha's stay amidst SL interest

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Bangladesh’s cricket authorities expressed confidence Sunday that national head coach Chandika Hathurusingha will see out his contract despite interest from his native Sri Lanka.

"Anyone can want him as coach, but we have not spoken to him about (Sri Lanka)," Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka.

"We have a contract with him until World Cup 2019. We are confident he will stay up to that period," he said.

His comments came after Sri Lankan media revealed that Sri Lanka Cricket are in "discussion" with the former opening batsman to take over the side following the resignation of South African Graham Ford.

Ford stepped down in late June, half way through a 45-month contract and just two weeks after the team's early exit from the Champions Trophy.

Fielding coach Nic Pothas is in interim charge of the team that is currently playing a home series against Zimbabwe.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said Pothas was being considered for promotion to permanent head coach while the cricket board has had several other expressions of interest over the job.

Those interested in the high profile position included "Sri Lankans," he told AFP last week.

Under Hathurusingha, Bangladesh has made big strides in world cricket and reached the semifinals of the Champions Trophy tournament in England.(AFP)

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  • Eds Monday, 03 July 2017 07:49 PM

    Hathurusinghe must be mad if he were to accept the SL coaching job and besides he won't be sucessful here for reasons very obvious

    Mandy Monday, 03 July 2017 08:28 PM

    Surely Chandima Hathu is no fool to take SL coach job. Every coach has left before his term expired - why - because it is not the coach but the SLC and politics and their entrenched status to milk our cricketers.

    bushel Monday, 03 July 2017 01:18 PM

    STILL WE NEVER KNOW UNDER HATHURUSINGHE WEATHER PLAYERS COULD WIN MATCHES BCAUSE BANGLADESH PLAYERS HAVE MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE UNLIKE SL TEAM.. FOR THE COACH TO THRIVE THE TRAINEES TO SHOULD HAVE THE REQUIRED ATRIBUTES AND TALENT.

    Reader Monday, 03 July 2017 04:00 PM

    He should be allowed to continue there if he wishes and it is a honour to SL. If SLC wants him and if he accepts the offer that is left to him.

    deshan.048518 Monday, 03 July 2017 04:50 PM

    Suddenly Hathurusinghe becomes a highly demanded coach...

    badguy Monday, 03 July 2017 05:12 PM

    chandi dont come to sri lanka your career will go down


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