Chandika Hathurusingha said Wednesday he sees opportunity as the new head coach of Sri Lanka cricket team despite a string of humiliating defeats.
“It will not be pressure but an opportunity,” the 49-year-old former Test batsman told reporters after being named to the post on December 8.
“I am proud to take this opportunity to coach my own country to maximise the potential that we see from outside.”
Hathurusingha also said he would streamline the selection process which he believed could revive the sagging fortunes of the team.
Sri Lanka this year have turned in their worst performance since 1987. Out of a total of 29 ODIs they won only five while losing 23.
In Tests, they lost eight matches including a 3-0 pasting at home at the hands of world number one India.
During their continuing tour of India, Sri Lanka lost a three-match Test series 1-0 and the subsequent one-dayers 2-1.
On Wednesday they were playing the first of a three-match Twenty20 series with India.
They travel next to Bangladesh for a tri-series also involving Zimbabwe, followed by a two-Test rubber with the hosts.
Hathurusingha resigned as Bangladesh’s coach in October after guiding the national team through their most successful period in his three years in charge, masterminding Test wins over England and Australia.
His contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board was due to run until World Cup 2019 and made him one of the world’s highest-paid cricket coaches on $40,000 a month.
The Sri Lanka post had been vacant since South African Graham Ford quit in June.
Nic Pothas, the fielding coach, was asked to fill the position in the interim.
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dulan Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:25
It will take years we do not have the potential or talent in the 80% of the current team
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SAM Thursday, 21 December 2017 10:42
Please get the present school cricketers and put them trained on track with former Heros like Vass, Muthia, Mahanama, TM, Sanga, Mahela and many more who have performed before they get older and older and make use. I hope they would contribute.
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Adam Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:31
Until the bookie pala runs the show we will not see any improvement. For the first time in my life i didn't feel like watching yesterday's T20 match since there was no hope
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Samitha Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:16
Will wait and see how Chandika performing with Sri Lanka Cricket .
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Bill Friday, 22 December 2017 11:35
We may want to get rid of the current SLC and gurusinghe to make a fresh start!
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Ben Friday, 22 December 2017 22:50
Take politics out of Cricket first.Cricket is one game that train the politicians how to behave in a team sprit.So how can this bunch of currupt Diyawana Oya team try to run a cricket team
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