As Sri Lanka Cricket (board) has “almost decided” to hire the services of their own cricketer-Chandika Hathurusingha, the other Australian players who had shown interest in coaching the Sri Lankan national team have given up the hope.
Jason Gillespie has already taken up the assignment with the English country Sussex.
Alan McDonald is Victoria’s Head Coach and is content to be there.
“The job has already been filled. They (SLC) don’t want me”, one of the coaches told to this paper.
It may however, be noted here that SLC has “no hand” in Hathurusingha’s decision to quit the Bangladesh coach.
“Our technical committee came to know about Hathu’s resignation letter very recently and it is wrong to presume that we told him to resign there and come over”, Thilanga Sumathipala, speaking exclusively, said.
Sheikh Hasina, the Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh wanted to persuade coach Chandika Hathurusingha to stay with the national cricket team, it is learnt.
According to the highly placed sources in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the 50-year-old Chandika Hathurusingha had tendered his resignation in September and not in October, as it is widely reported in media.
Apparently, the BCB did not take the resignation letter seriously and hoped that their Prime Minister and the Sports Minister would convince Hathurusingha to stay.
However, Hathu is firm in its decision. “There has been no issues with the players but his family wants him to relocate in Sri Lanka”, the source, speaking exclusively, said.
Instead of going to Bangladesh to finalize his departing formalities, the coach arrived in Sri Lanka.
The primary reason given by the source is that he is in Colombo to see his mother.
“He will be free after 20th December and is welcome to join our squad thereafter”, Sumathipala added.