Sri Lanka coach vows to stay on despite World Cup exit

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 27, 2019, Sri Lanka's head cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha speaks during a press conference at the Riverside Ground, in Chester-le-Street, northeast England. - Sri Lanka's cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha insisted July 8 he will remain in the post despite mounting pressure to step down after the World Cup. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Local media reported Monday that Sri Lanka sports minister Harin Fernando was unhappy with Hathurusingha’s performance and that he would be asked to step down.

But Hathurusingha told reporters on landing back in Colombo that though he had expected better from the team he would still see out his contract as coach.

“I have another 16 months,” Hathurusingha said. “I hope to remain until my contract runs out.”

Asked if accepted responsibility for Sri Lanka failing to qualify for the semi-finals, Hathurusingha said the entire team management should share the blame.

“All of us must accept responsibility for what happened. I think we expected better performance… We have to think. We must learn from this and move forward. I think I have done to the best of my ability.”

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