Thursday, 23 March, 2023

Chandika likely to return as Bangladesh cricket team’s head coach

Bangladesh national men's cricket team may have its head coach position filled soon as Chandika Hathurusingha is set to return. However, an official confirmation is yet to come. 

This follows Cricket New South Wales confirming Hathurusingha's departure from his assistant coach role. Recent media speculation has been fueled by reports of an agreement between Chandika and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) following the resignation of Russell Domingo as head coach.

Cricket New South Wales on Tuesday confirmed that Chandika left his role as an assistant coach, and the Australian team said that he is “desired to seek a coaching role internationally”. 

However, they did not disclose where Chandika may take on a new role.

Nazmul Hasan, the president of the BCB, stated during a recent visit in Sylhet that the board plans to appoint a new coach in February before the home series against England. However, he kept the identity of the next head coach of the Bangladesh national team a secret.

Last month, Domingo resigned as the head coach for both Test and ODI cricket. Sridharan Sriram, a former Indian cricketer, served as a technical consultant for the T20 World Cup last year and has been in discussions with the BCB regarding continuing in that role, which the BCB also hopes to keep.

Before his sudden departure following a disappointing South Africa tour in 2017, Chandika served as the head coach of Bangladesh's cricket team starting in 2014. During his tenure, the team started its celebrated winning streak in ODIs at home, including series victories against India, Pakistan, and South Africa.