Though, there were lot of reports and speculation over Chandika Hathurusingha rumored resignation, Both he and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have preferred to keep mum on the termination clause, if any in the contract, and consequences, if the later’s resignation is accepted. Though, BCB has admitted that they have received the resignation letter from Hathurusingha, Board is not yet ready to talk about the further proceedings.
“We can not divulge the contents of the contract between the two parties and the confidential matter can not be discussed in public”, Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, the BCB CEO and Hathurusingha, speaking from Dhaka and Australia respectively, said.
Morever, it has also learnt that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has not officially routed the request and no communication is made with the BCB for the early release of their coach.
“Is there a practice or any such provision whereas one (ICC) Board member request the other to release their support staff”?, Nizam Uddin Chowdhury asked.
It seems that the BCB is still hoping that Hathurusingha might reconsider his decision. It is also surprising that the BCB was silent all these days when Hathurusingha’s resignation was received to them more than three weeks ago.
Anyhow, the fresh negotiations (by SLC) with Hathurusingha will begin now, according to the sources in Sri Lanka.
“Will also continue our dialogues with others who have shown interest to be our Head Coach. Two Australians : Dean Jones and Jason Gillespie have also shown the interest to the post”, a top SLC Official told.
“However, chances for Hathu are 90 percent”, the source pointed out, adding that “if everything is finalized, he can take over after India tour”.
Interestingly, initially SLC was reluctant to disclose any details regarding the Hathurusingha hiring, as they didn’t want their preferred Coach’s journey to Sri Lanka is blocked by the BCB.
However, now as the news has become viral all over the Cricket World, SLC too is fully focused on their task to bring Hathurusingha at any cost.
Further, it has also learnt that even if Hathurusinghe will accept to be Sri Lanka head coach, the current interim Coach Nic Pothas will remain in the setup.
”Nick Pothas, if wants to continue, will go back to the fielding coach position”, the source further added.
Currently, Pothas is the head Coach and is in India with the Sri Lanka team.
Sri Lanka to play Three tests, three ODI’s and three T20I during their seven weeks tour of India. After playing the first Test in Kolkata from November 16-20, the teams move to Nagpur for the second, which starts on November 24. The final Test will be played in Delhi between December 2-6.