Chandika Hathurusingha's future with Bangladesh hangs in the balance after the coach tendered his resignation to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Whether that resignation will be accepted by the BCB, and if it will actually result in Hathurusingha's exit remains to be seen. Hathurusingha and top officials at the BCB have not officially confirmed these developments, but are not denying them. Meanwhile, there are strong signals from Sri Lanka Cricket that they are pursuing Hathurusingha, and are in fact presently in negotiations with him.
There have been increasing recent signs that despite Bangladesh's many improvements during his tenure, Hathurusingha is unsatisfied with the state of his present role. He had once already moved to resign in October last year, but the BCB had not accepted his resignation and Hathurusingha was convinced to continue.
Now, however there is the additional lure of a job in his home country. SLC has been on the hunt for a new head coach since Graham Ford resigned in June, and had, in fact, already approached Hathurusingha over the past three months. Though Hathurusingha had eventually rebuffed SLC on that first occasion, recent developments may have made the Sri Lanka role more attractive to Hathurusingha. SLC has just hired Hathurusingha's longtime friend and associate Thilan Samaraweera as batting coach, for one. Then there has also been a change in selection committee. ESPNcricinfo also understands that SLC is prepared to pay Hathurusingha what he presently earns with the BCB - a substantial commitment for the Sri Lankan board.
There are, of course, contractual obligations to consider here. Having been given an extension in the middle of last year, Hathurusingha has signed with the BCB until the end of the 2019 World Cup. Leaving this contract is likely to be a complicated proposition, possibly involving a months-long notice period.
If Hathurusingha does end up leaving his position, however, it will bring to an end a tenure that lasted over three years and oversaw substantial gains by the Bangladesh side, particularly in ODI cricket. In major tournaments, Bangladesh made the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup and the semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. They had also defeated India, Pakistan and South Africa in home bilateral series, and have climbed up the ODI rankings as a result.
In Tests, Bangladesh registered their first-ever wins against England and Australia at home, and against Sri Lanka away. The team has, however, recently returned from a dispiriting tour to South Africa. (espn.co.uk)
SAM SPARROW Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:29
Yet another foolish decision by a Sri Lankan cricketer. What can he do in Sri Lanka?
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ravin Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:47
As far as we know if there are no interferences from politicasses coaches and players will perform well in Sri Lanka. Rule of the game is discipline and it must be maintained, immaterial of cost.
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Mandy Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:19
Feel sorry for him if he accepts. In SLC there are too many angles working at the same time that finally all coaches leave in frustration. Also Sri Lankan mentality is a field apart with petty jealousies and gossip mongers carrying tales - not only in cricket but in any set up.
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Channa Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:48
Be wise mate . Don't come back. Work you have done is well appreciated in Bangladesh. Look at MR , now he is just a "Hora" , nobody remembers his achievements. Same thing will happened to you one day if you start working here .My advise is think about you and your family and stay there.
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sobers Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:04
coaches don't win matches
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Modaya Thursday, 9 November 2017 17:49
Very unwise decision, stick with BCB or else find a better role else where. SLC and our people will cut you off unceremoniously.
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Nana Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:07
Dont accept lanka role as long as political influence remains
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Kaboos Friday, 10 November 2017 08:18
Hathurusinghe you will be treated by sri lanka cricket board as a enemy you might have change your name as mithurusinghe to survive .
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