Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka’s head coach suspended
On Wednesday, Sri Lankan cricket authorities suspended head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. And they appointed a temporary replacement for the next New Zealand series. Cricket board chairman Shammi Silva said former Sri Lankan fast-bowling player Rumesh Ratnayake became interim coach awaiting a final decision on Hathurusingha state.
Shammi Silva Said Reporters:
Hathurusingha will not participate in this series (from New Zealand). We can’t give you details because this could end up being a legal problem.
Sports Minister Harin Fernando said that:
Hathurusingha receives his payment until 14th August before the start of Sri Lanka’s home test series against New Zealand. After that, he can make way for a new coach. If Hathurusingha doesn’t leave, we may have to consider legal action or offer him a different job in the directory.
Three international candidates were hoping to replace Hathurusingha and asking for lower salaries of between $17,500 and $25,000 per month. He also criticized a $40,000 monthly salary paid to Hathurusingha and said Sri Lanka could have hired a foreign coach at half the price.
After the disappointing Sri Lankan World Cup, where they finished in sixth place, Hathurusingha and his assistants expected to show them the door. There was no immediate comment from Hathurusingha, who previously says that he wants to remain in the post until his contract expired in 16 months.
Sri Lankan cricket was in crisis when Hathurusingha named in December 2017, after a successful three-year stint in Bangladesh.
They lost in the Test by India at home and abroad, and played poorly in one-day international matches. Under Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka achieved test victories against England and Australia.
The first Test against New Zealand starts in Galle from 14 August, and the second will begin on 22 August at P. Sara Stadium, Colombo.
Three T20s will be played on 31 August, 2 September, and 6 September with the three in Kandy.