In one of the most important turn of events before the upcoming World Cup, two senior Sri Lanka players have reportedly refused to Captain the side due to the high profile Coach Chandika Hathurusingha, Cricket Age reliably learns.
Currently Sri Lanka is involved in a five match ODI series against South Africa and have already lost the trophy after losing four matches in a trot.
Even though, Sri Lanka somehow managed to win the test series 2-0, on the back of individual miracle of Kusal Perera, in ODIs, the team is looking completely out of sorts.
According to sources, as veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga has also failed miserably to uplift the team’s moral and has failed to win a single match in his captaincy so far, the SLC and selectors have approached two senior players, including one former captain to take over the charge. However, both the players have refused the proposal, stating it’s unbearable for them to work with Hathurasingha.
Hired by Former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala in December 2017, Hathurusingha has turned out a complete disaster for Sri Lanka cricket, when he had been expected to uplift the standard of the team. In his tenure, Sri Lanka has become a laughing stock in shorter format cricket and right now is placed well below Afghanistan and Bangladesh. More importantly, his own behavior and arrogance with SLC officials, selection committee have irked everyone in Sri Lanka cricket.
Most importantly, newly appointed Shammi Silva led administration has also realized that Hathurusingha has created more problems than the solutions for Sri Lanka cricket and it is the time for the board to move forward. According to sources, Shammi Silva beloved in results and thus it has become very difficult for Hathurusingha to get SLC backing, as Sri Lanka team is moving from bad to worse under him!