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Hathurusingha returns as head coach of Tigers

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 1 February, 2023 12:00 AM
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday appointed their former head coach Chandika Hathurusingha in the same position across formats for two years.

“We have appointed Hathurusingha for two years as an across-format head coach,” BCB’s Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told Daily Sun.

“Chandika’s experience and knowledge of Bangladesh cricket will be an advantage for him and will benefit the players. He is a proven tactician and we have seen his impact on the national team during his first assignment,” Nizamuddin was later quoted in a press release.

This will be the former Sri Lanka batsman’s second spell with the Bangladesh team as he had previously coached the Tigers from 2014 to 2017.

The 54-year-old will start his work with the BCB this month.

Earlier, Russell Domingo stepped down as the Bangladesh head coach in December, days after the side’s disappointing Test series defeat at home to India, with a year left on his contract.

Hathurusingha said he was excited at the prospect of returning to Bangladesh cricket.

“It’s an honour to have been given this opportunity to coach the Bangladesh national team once again. I really loved the warmth of the people and the culture of Bangladesh whenever I have been there. I’m looking forward to working with the players once again and enjoying their successes,” said Hathurusingha.

Some of the highlights of Hathurusighe’s previous tenure include their first ODI series victories over Pakistan, India and South Africa, a maiden quarterfinal appearance in a World Cup (2015), a semifinal berth in the Champions Trophy (2017) and their first Test wins against England, Australia and Sri Lanka.

Earlier on the day, Cricket NSW confirmed that their assistant coach Hathurusingha finished up his role with the Blues and Sydney Thunder.

Cricket NSW Head of Elite Male Cricket Michael Klinger wished Hathurusingha every success in his latest career move.

“Chandi has made a wonderful contribution to Cricket NSW, the Blues and Sydney Thunder over the last couple of years and we are sad to see him go,” Klinger said.

“But with that in mind, we totally understand his desire to seek a coaching role internationally and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his coaching career.”

However, Bangladesh Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan remained tightlipped on the return of Hathurusingha as head coach of the Tigers.

“No comments,” Shakib told reporters when his attention was drawn regarding his return at the national dressing room and on further insistence added nothing much.

“It’s all right,” he added without elaborating further.

Meanwhile, the BCB is yet to clarify what will be the role of Sridharan Sriram in the new set-up but the BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said that they have shortlisted five candidates for the assistant coach post.