Thursday, 25 July 2019 07:59

New head coach after BD series says SLC president

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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.

Hathurusingha was hired in 2017 after a successful stint with Bangladesh, but he has so far been unable to produce the same results with the Sri Lanka team and has been under great pressure to be replaced.

The SLC president said that they were presently in talks with coaches around the world.

“A minimum of ten top-notch coaches from around the world have shown interest, a few of them who have coached Sri Lanka before,” said Silva.

“We have not asked them to apply for the post but we are speaking to them on a one-on-one basis because when they apply there is always the risk of their names getting leaked out to the public. Certain coaches who have shown interest are presently coaching different countries and if their names are leaked out it is bad for them. We will have a new coach after the Bangladesh series,” he said.

(Daily News)

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