Hathurusingha sET to sign SLC contract on Dec 20

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CITY-DM-28By Shehan Daniel  

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Chandika Hathurusingha is set to be formally appointed as the country’s National Cricket Coach on December 20. 

Hathurusingha controversially quit as the Head Coach of Bangladesh in October during the team’s tour of South Africa, though news of him handing in his resignation only emerged in November. 

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathiapala, who was instrumental in approaching and negotiating this move, said that Hathurusingha would first have to complete certain contractual obligations with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) before taking up the vacant position in Sri Lanka. 

“The BCB has no objections to us signing Hathurusingha once he has fulfilled his contractual obligations with them. He will meet the BCB today and tomorrow, and once he has completed those obligations we can make a formal announcement,” Sumathiapala said, indicating that, that announcement is likely to be made on December 20.

Hathurusingha is expected to sign a three-year contract that will run until 2020.  

While not specifying the exact amount Hathurusingha will be paid as Sri Lanka’s Head Coach, Sumathipala said it would be in the ‘market range’ of what a top international cricket coach is paid, given the reputation the former National cricketer has earned in his previous roles with New South Wales (NSW) and Bangladesh.

The    however learns that Hathurusingha could earn between US $30,000 – US $40,000 per month, which could make him the highest paid cricket coach in the country’s history. Sumathiapala also said that Hathurusingha will be allowed to make his recommendations for the various support staff positions, but did not confirm if current Interim Head Coach Nic Pothas will return to his previous position as Fielding Coach. “Once he has signed, Hathurusingha can sit down and re-evaluate the various support staff positions, and make recommendations for whom he would like to bring on board,” Sumathipala said. 

Last month SLC signed Thilan Samaraweera, who was part of Hathurusingha’s backroom staff in Bangladesh, as its batting coach. 

Ironically, Hathurusingha’s first assignment with Sri Lanka will now likely be the tour of Bangladesh next month. 

Hathurusingha had been linked with the vacant role in Sri Lanka ever since Graham Ford and SLC mutually agreed to end their partnership in June, after the team was knocked out from the Champions Trophy in England. 

The  also learns that another member of Hathurusingha’s coaching staff in Bangladesh Ruwan Kalpage who is currently in the island may not be a part of Sri Lanka’s coaching staff immediately, as he is reported to have made a commitment for a foreign assignment.