AFP - Sri Lanka were considering applications from three top international cricket coaches to replace incumbent Chandika Hathurusingha, who has until mid-August to step down, Sports Minister said yesterday.
Harin Fernando said Hathurusingha would be given until the start of Sri Lanka’s home Test series against New Zealand, which begins on August 14 to quit and make way for a new coach.
“Before the New Zealand Test series we will have a new coach,” Fernando told reporters in Colombo.
“If Hathurusingha does not leave, we may have to consider legal action or offer him a different job at the Board.”
Following Sri Lanka’s disappointing World Cup, where they finished in sixth-place, Hathurusingha and his assistants were expected to be shown the door.
Fernando said there were three top international coaches willing to replace Hathurusingha, a former Sri Lankan Test player.
Fernando said Hathurusingha’s remuneration – US $40,000 a month - was too high, adding: “If we are winning only 35 percent of the games, no need to pay such high fees to coaches.” Fernando said the international candidates were asking for lower salaries of between US $17,500 to US $25,000 a month, but did not name them.
“For the price we are paying now, we can get two foreign coaches,” he said. “We must renegotiate the high fees we are paying at the moment. If they don’t agree, they can go.”
The first Test against New Zealand will be played in Galle starting on August 14, and the second will begin on August 22 at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.
In addition, three T20Is will be played on August 31, September 2 and September 6.