Bangladesh con­fi­dent Hathu­rus­ingha’s stay

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Bangladesh’s cricket au­thor­i­ties ex­pressed con­fi­dence yesterday that na­tional head coach Chandika Hathu­rus­ingha will see out his con­tract de­spite in­ter­est from his na­tive Sri Lanka. “Any­one can want him as coach, but we have not spo­ken to him about (Sri Lanka),” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) pres­i­dent Naz­mul Has­san told re­porters in Dhaka.

“We have a con­tract with him un­til World Cup 2019. We are con­fi­dent he will stay up to that pe­riod,” he said.

His com­ments came af­ter Sri Lankan me­dia re­vealed that Sri Lanka Cricket are in “dis­cus­sion” with the for­mer open­ing bats­man to take over the side fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of South African Gra­ham Ford. Ford stepped down in late June, half way through a 45-month con­tract and just two weeks af­ter the team’s early exit from the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy. Field­ing coach Nic Pothas is in in­terim charge of the team that is cur­rently play­ing a home se­ries against Zim­babwe. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thi­langa Su­math­ipala said Pothas was be­ing con­sid­ered for pro­mo­tion to per­ma­nent head coach while the cricket board has had sev­eral other ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est over the job. Those in­ter­ested in the high pro­file po­si­tion in­cluded “Sri Lankans,” he told AFP last week. Un­der Hathu­rus­ingha, Bangladesh has made big strides in world cricket and reached the semi­fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy tour­na­ment in Eng­land. —AFP

Chandika Hathu­rus­ingha

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