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Sacked coach Chandika Hathurusingha has demanded $5 million in compensation from Sri Lanka Cricket over the premature termination of his contract, an official said Sunday.

The former Sri Lankan Test star and coach made the claim after the two sides failed to agree the terms of his termination last summer.

"He has sent a letter of demand asking for $5 million," board secretary Mohan de Silva told AFP.

Details were not immediately available, but the Sunday Island newspaper said Hathurusingha had sought his full salary for the remaining 18 months of his contract which amounted to just over a million dollars.

He has also claimed that his reputation as an international coach suffered as a result of what he called the wrongful termination.

His claim of $5 million includes damages as well as the wages he says are due to him.

The board had been willing to pay only six months' salary as compensation, the Island said, adding that the coach was in receipt of a take-home salary of $60,000 a month at the time of termination.

Following Sri Lanka's disappointing World Cup, where they finished in sixth place, Hathurusingha and his assistants were shown the door.

The then sports minister Harin Fernando insisted that Hathurusingha was overpaid and accused him of failing to produce results.

Fernando said Sri Lanka could have hired a foreign coach at half the price paid to Hathurusingha.

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  • Robert Bradley Sunday, 05 January 2020 02:52 PM

    What a mistake the SLC has done, he is suing his own motherland sorry state

    DillonDP Sunday, 05 January 2020 04:12 PM

    He was wrongfully terminated what's up with motherland?

    James Sunday, 05 January 2020 04:30 PM

    How else will this corrupt board learn?

    Awshad Rahim Sunday, 05 January 2020 04:32 PM

    Not suing his Motherland but suing the Corrupt SLC.Rules have to be obeyed ?

    Sanjay Sunday, 05 January 2020 05:22 PM

    I believe he has every right to, he was reluctant to take the job due to influence and history, convinced by president himself that he would be able to mold the team the way he wants, then Harin took over and influenced no end, didn’t give him a half decent team at the World Cup... motherland or not it’s caused Hathurusingha a proven coach irreparable damage thanks to incompetent selectors and sabotage

    Samson Sunday, 05 January 2020 04:25 PM

    How much tax did he pay to the SL govt??

    Slay Rabahaana Sunday, 05 January 2020 05:00 PM

    He is an ungrateful guy who is demanding this money from the very country that nurtured him and taught him the game of Cricket.

    Arthur Padmasiri Sunday, 05 January 2020 06:02 PM

    Probably the most unethical coach of the current lot.

    Edmond Sunday, 05 January 2020 06:35 PM

    I fully agree with Slay rabahaana. Hathurusinghe, as the name suggests, enemy of the country he was born and bred. He only loves $$$.

    Ramal Sunday, 05 January 2020 07:27 PM

    To demand such a salary to coach the motherland is not patriotism. He is an Aussie and what patriotism can you expect. His patriotism os to Australia

    KungFu Panda Monday, 06 January 2020 09:11 AM

    Is he demanding 5 million USD, CAD, AUD or ZWL?

    King Monday, 06 January 2020 09:15 AM

    $60,000 a month?? Who is the brainless twit who paid this useless traitor more than the Aussie PM gets? I hate to think what the other crooks in the SLC paid themselves including the Master crook TS.


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