Chandika Hathurusinha was a man who could have demanded anything he wanted and it was given to him on a platter by a desperate Sri Lanka for whom he once batted and bowled for a monthly wage that can be only be considered a pittance in present day earnings of sportsmen.
As a coach he saw the most fertile ground right before his eyes to cash in and Sri Lanka in turn saw him as the only hope and promise of a future and possibly a second World Cup that has eluded a nation of 20 million for nearly 25 years.
But one year down the road the cracks began to appear as the seeds of discord began to take root that eventually blossomed into a full scale disaster with catastrophic results that Sri Lankans were never going to savour for anything in the world.
The initial countdown to Hathurusinha’s impending ouster was perhaps seen by a little known journalist from the Sinhala media who boldly asked him why should he get away scot-free in the aftermath of an Asia Cup disaster while Angelo Mathews was booted out as the fall-guy.
Instead of answering the journalist in an appropriate way, Hathurusinha asked the reporter whether he wanted the coaching job and that he was free to contact Sri Lanka Cricket for the post. What Hathurusinha failed to realise was that in some cases it was the players who made the coach. But Hathurusinha had many reasons to think it was the other way around. His market value shot up almost overnight after he raised the fortunes of the Bangladeshis and across the border the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL) had further raised his price as coaches were been attracted by the plane loads..