New Sri Lanka cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha pledged to get tough with the under-performing national team, including banning music in training, while demanding "full control" over selection, the Daily Mail reported today.
Asked about reports that players were admonished for listening to music in practice, Hathurusingha said after his first training session with the team on Thursday: "If they are interested in music they will have to go home."
Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said in June that many players were "too fat" and that none chosen to play a series against Zimbabwe had passed international fitness standards. A special diet was later imposed.
Hathurusingha, a former Sri Lanka batsman who quit as Bangladesh coach to help his home country, also signalled a tougher line with the government, which gets the final say in team affairs.
The chief coach is not an automatic member of the selectors' panel and Hathurusingha wants this changed -- even if it means a new sports law. "I need full control and responsibility to pick the playing eleven," Hathurusingha said.
"According to the sports law the coach can't get involved in selections. They are considering my request to be a selector while being the coach," he said.
Karu Friday, 29 December 2017 17:57
Good decision. Success never comes without commitment
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aja Friday, 29 December 2017 18:05
Well done hatha , break them and make them ...
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nick Friday, 29 December 2017 18:30
he is asking asking & asking so & so much just in case if he fails can simply blame on one thing that he didnt get...this is u call preparation before the flood via DM Android App
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Eds Friday, 29 December 2017 18:39
Well done. All the best Hathu....
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Hareesz Friday, 29 December 2017 18:49
Good start, hope you keep it up.
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Jude Friday, 29 December 2017 19:42
Yeah Hathuru, Restore and instill Discipline to Lankan cricket team!!! That's a good step at right direction!!
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redflame Friday, 29 December 2017 20:59
Without discipline you cannot built this team. Agree as coach you should have final say on playing eleven.Hope if no any political interference you can built this team to be among best 4 teams.
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SL Friday, 29 December 2017 21:22
Let this man to do his job ,he will soon prove his talents.Congrats !
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SL Friday, 29 December 2017 21:24
Team must understand to abide the coach.Hope players play no fool with him and join their hands with Hatura!.No discipline -No success !
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Migara Perera Saturday, 30 December 2017 06:08
Well done Hathu, you are the Man in mission good luck as said break and make them like 1996 world cup fitness regime.
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Jagath Saturday, 30 December 2017 07:39
Descipline is paramount for any field to excell.Thisis someting we lack in this country from top to bottom.so he he has hit the right target ...but the issue is ,how smart our players in getting this message across........Rosh
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ravin Saturday, 30 December 2017 07:40
head coach is not a selector, house running without parents? naturally this game is in a mess. team selected by all seat warmers will know how to warm their back sides.
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Kevin Saturday, 30 December 2017 11:00
Beat and teach them
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Lasantha Silva Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:59
Well done Hathuru . Discipline is a must above all else .
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Vipula Weerasinghe Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:36
Let the coach take care of the team.
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