Hathurusingha to lose Sri Lanka head coach role after Bangladesh series – SLC president

Sri Lanka will have a new cricket head coach at the end of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva said.

“We are revamping the entire coaching department and we have asked everybody to resign. The contracts of ninety-nine percent of the coaches are ending at the end of this month. If they are interested in signing a new contract they can reapply for the post. From there we will do the evaluation and see who is good enough for the respective positions,” said Silva.

Only head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s contract extends till December next year and Silva said that SLC will have a discussion with him and convey the message of the Sports Minister. The Minister of Sports Harin Fernando had asked Sri Lanka Cricket to replace the entire coaching staff of the national team after the 2019 Cricket World Cup where Sri Lanka failed to qualify for the knockout phase finishing sixth in the league standings with three wins and four defeats.

“Chandika is also a Sri Lankan so we don’t want to dump him just like that. We will have a discussion with him and see how best we can solve it,” said Silva.

If Hathurusingha is not going to be retained as head coach he may be asked to serve Sri Lanka Cricket in a different coaching role until his contract expires.

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