Sacked coach Chandika Hathurusingha has demanded $5 million in compensation from Sri Lanka Cricket over the premature termination of his contract, an official said Sunday.
The former Sri Lankan Test star and coach made the claim after the two sides failed to agree the terms of his termination last summer.
“He has sent a letter of demand asking for $5 million,” board secretary Mohan de Silva told. Details were not immediately available, but the Sunday Island newspaper said Hathurusingha had sought his full salary for the remaining 18 months of his contract which amounted to just over a million dollars.
He has also claimed that his reputation as an international coach suffered as a result of what he called the wrongful termination. His claim of $5 million includes damages as well as the wages he says are due to him. The board had been willing to pay only six months’ salary as compensation, the Island said, adding that the coach was in receipt of a take-home salary of $60,000 a month at the time of termination. Following Sri Lanka’s disappointing World Cup, where they finished in sixth place, Hathurusingha and his assistants were shown the door.—APP