Sri Lanka to hire Chandika Hathurusingha as Coach

Vastavam web: Sri Lanka is in talks to hire former Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha to groom its national team for the 2019 cricket World Cup, sources said today.The 49-year-old Sri Lankan stepped down from the Bangladesh team earlier this month after a disastrous tour of South Africa.Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara declined to comment on the talks but said he hoped the former Test player would take on the job.
“I (would) certainly welcome Hathurusingha to prepare our team for the next World Cup,” Jayasekara told reporters here.”But I don’t want to say anything about the discussions that are taking place.” Under Hathurusingha, perennial minnows Bangladesh made rapid strides in world cricket, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy tournament in England this year.His contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board was supposed to run until World Cup 2019 and made him one of the highest-paid cricket coaches in the world on 40,000 a month.Hathurusingha played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs for Sri Lanka before becoming the assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss, a job he lost in 2010.