Sri Lanka have appointed Chandrika Hathurusingha as the new head coach for the national side with the aim to get the players back to winning ways at the international level. Hathurusingha quit the role of Head coach of Bangladesh cricket team in the month of October this year. He did a splendid job with Bangladesh who enjoyed a golden run from 2014 till 2017 that includes maiden test wins over England and Australia at home.
He takes over the reins of the national side after being hammered by India at home and have been poor in the 50-over format. Sri Lanka Cricket Board said that Hathurusingha will take the role as head coach of Sri Lanka from 20th December. He officially will be in the role when Sri Lanka plays three-match T20 series against India. Sri Lanka have been without a coach since June when Graham Ford quit the role. Nic Pothas was named the interim coach for the side. Sri Lanka has been engulfed in crises with the team losing on regular basis and senior players showing no kind of form during this year.
Hathurusingha might turn out to be person required for Sri Lanka at the moment. He was the head coach of Bangladesh who reached qualified for the semifinals of Champions Trophy last year. Things got bad when Bangladesh failed to lose all their games in South Africa across three formats. He was highly paid cricketing coach for Bangladesh and was being paid 40,000 dollars a month by Bangladesh during his tenure. He was expected to continue till 2019 World Cup but a poor run by Bangladesh side in South Africa meant a premature end to his contract.
Former Sri Lankan batsman Hathurusingha played 35 ODIs and 26 Tests for the national side. After retirement, he took interest in coaching and went to Australia to coach New South Wales side in Australia. He was named head coach of Bangladesh cricket team in May 2014