Sports desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Thursday (November 23) that they are not willing to ask head coach Chandika Hathurusingha to reconsider his decision but would like to part ways as per their agreement, which could put the coach’s apparent plans of joining the Sri Lankan team ahead of their Bangladesh series on hold.
The announcement was made by BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury as he clarified the board’s stance after Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala sent a letter to his BCB counterpart to know if it would be a problem if they approached Hathurusingha to appoint him as their head coach.
If BCB and Hathurusingha part ways as per the agreement, then it is unlikely for the 49-year-old to begin his tenure in the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka series. The agreement clearly states that if the coach quits at any point before the end of his actual tenure, he would need to serve a three-month notice period.
“After the letter of Thilanga Sumathipala to our president, it is a matter between two boards and hopefully we will have a solution in this regard soon,” Nizamuddin said.
“As he does not want to stay and anyone can approach him, and accepting that is entirely his personal matter, the board [BCB] has very little to do in this regard. What we are looking forward is trying to come to a solution as per our agreement,” he added.
Hathurusingha, who was appointed as the head coach until 2019 World Cup, tendered his resignation letter to BCB on October 15 and as per agreement, he cannot take charge of a team before January 15.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on January 5 to play an ODI tri-series, also involving Zimbabwe. They later play two Tests and two Twenty20 internationals against the hosts.Cricbuzz.