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Hathuru returns as Nat’l Men’s Cricket team head coach

Published : 31 Jan 2023 08:50 PM

Chandika Hathurusinghe returns as National men’s Cricket team head coach when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) bring back the Sri Lankan.  

According to a BCB press release on Tuesday, this will be the former Sri Lanka batsman’s second spell with the Bangladesh team which he had previously coached from 2014 to 2017. The 54-year old Hathurusighe has reached a two-year term with the BCB which starts from February 2023. Hathurusighe 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 enjoy their successes.”

BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury has welcomed the new head coach who replaces South African Russell Domingo: “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.” Some of the highlights of Hathurusighe’s previous tenure include first ODI series victories over Pakistan, India and South Africa, a maiden quarterfinal appearance in a World Cup (2015) and first Test wins against England, Australia and Sri Lanka.Haturu Singhe     

It's not clear which formats he would be in charge of, with S Sriram understood to be at the helm of the T20I side Chandika Hathurusinghe has joined the Bangladesh men's national team as its head coach. 

Not long after Cricket New South Wales confirmed that Hathurusinghe had parted ways with them, the BCB announced a two-year deal starting next month. It has, however, not been confirmed which formats Hathurusingha would be in charge of, with S Sriram also around and at the helm of the T20I side.