Sri Lanka Cricket is as soon as once more transferring to take away a head coach, with CEO Ashley de Silva headed to South Africa for disaster talks with Chandika Hathurusingha.
An SLC launch additionally confirmed that Hathurusingha will probably be required to return to Sri Lanka following the continued ODI sequence in an effort to “talk about the Sri Lanka crew’s preparation for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup”. Fielding coach Steve Rixon would be the appearing head coach of the aspect in the course of the three-match T20I sequence.
Though the board desires to take away Hathurusingha, its palms are considerably tied by Hathurusingha’s contract, which runs up till the top of 2020, and requires a considerable compensation to be paid within the occasion of early termination. As such, de Silva and the boards are anticipated to broach the potential of Hathurusingha working for SLC in a restricted capability again in Sri Lanka within the brief time period.
“[The board is] making an attempt to provide Hathuru a break to see how Rixon fares within the crew,” an SLC official advised ESPNcricnfo.
Since taking on initially of 2018, Hathurusingha has overseen a modest string of outcomes, successful simply 16 of 49 worldwide matches in cost. His predecessors, nevertheless, had fared little higher. In reality, Sri Lanka’s win price in 2018 was higher than it had been in 2017, if solely marginally.
Whereas the historic Take a look at sequence win over South Africa final month did purchase him a brief reprieve, the following succession of ODI defeats, in what’s Sri Lanka’s closing sequence earlier than the World Cup, has seen the board develop into emboldened to maneuver towards Hathurusingha.
The board’s issues are additionally regarded as solely partially performance-related. In line with the SLC supply, Hathurusingha is claimed to have uneasy relations with some gamers and employees, whereas it was a protracted spat with the brand new choice committee that culminated in him being faraway from the function of selector-on-tour final month.
Forward of the South Africa tour, Hathurusingha had voiced issues over the wholesale modifications being made to the limited-overs squad simply months out from a World Cup, one in all which was the axing of Dinesh Chandimal – somebody he had earmarked as central to his limited-overs squad. Hathurusingha can also be mentioned to have been sad at Lasith Malinga’s set up as ODI captain, a participant who had till then solely been on the periphery of his plans.
“The board will not be pleased, not solely along with his efficiency, however his perspective as properly. This has been coming for some time, to be sincere,” the SLC official mentioned.
The present set of directors at SLC, nevertheless, are largely the identical individuals who had employed Hathurusingha within the first place, pursuing him for not less than a number of months earlier than lastly convincing Hathurusingha to depart his job in Bangladesh early, in an effort to be part of the Sri Lanka crew. Roughly the identical group of directors had additionally employed Graham Ford in the beginning of 2016, then elbowed him out of the job in mid-2017.
No Sri Lanka coach has lasted greater than two years this decade. Sri Lanka have had 9 head coaches (together with interim appointments), since 2011 – Ford serving the longest, throughout two completely different stints.
When it comes to preparation for the World Cup, that is removed from perfect for Sri Lanka, with neither the selectors, the board, Hathurusingha nor the followers any nearer to figuring out a closing squad. As a closing throw of the cube, SLC are anticipated to carry a provincial match subsequent month, consisting of 4 groups comprising all of the gamers vying for a World Cup spot.
“We would like each participant to play in every sport to make sure they’re match sufficient to go for the World Cup. The groups will probably be captained by Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo [Mathews], Upul Tharanga, and perhaps Malinga or Chandimal. They must show themselves to be in competition for the World Cup,” the supply confirmed.