Hathurusingha to pay ‘courtesy visit’ to Bangladesh

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Bipin Dani Sports

Mumbai

Finally Chandika Hathurusingha has agreed to make a “courtesy visit” to Bangladesh, according to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan Papon.
The 49-year-old Hathurusingha had almost cut off the communication with the Bangladesh after submitting his resignation (in September and not in October as widely believed). “Hathurusingha has agreed to come to Dhaka and wqe expect his arrival in the first week of December”, the BCB chief, speaking exclusively over his mobile said on Tuesday morning.
“Will not press him to reveal the reasons behind his resignation but we expect him to submit the last (South Africa) tour report and also the development plan he had prepared for the game in our country”.
The BCB chief has confirmed the receipt of the letter received from the Sri Lanka Cricket (board) president Thilanga Sumathipala.
In his letter dt. 21st November (a copy available with this reporter), Sumathipala has said that his board is exploring the possibility of procuring the services of Hathurusingha as their National Head Coach and their Recruitment Committee is in the process of talking to Hathurusingha lawyers.
“We have already replied to this letter and there won’t be any legal issues for releasing him”, the BCB president confirmed.
“We want him to complete certain formalities and once it is done, he is free”.
When Hathu takes over the Sri Lankan team, his first assignment will be against the same team, where he was a coach for about three years. Sri Lankan team is touring Bangladesh in January for ODI tri-nation series with Zimbabwe as third team.
Hathurusingha will be at the advantage of knowing Bangladeshi players and pitches.
Interestingly, Hathurusingha, who has not issued any comments in media so far, has retained his Whatsapp DP. photo in Bangladeshi team jersey.