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Monday, 22 July 2019

Sri Lanka's turmoil deepens after coach call


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Sri Lanka's cricket turmoil shows no sign of slowing down.

Following a tumultuous build up to the cricket World Cup, and an early exit from the tournament, officials have now announced that Sri Lanka's sports minister has asked the cricket board to replace the coaching staff, currently headed by Chandika Hathurusingha.

Incredibly, Sri Lanka has had 11 coaches, including interim appointments, between 2011 and 2017.

Chandika Hathurusingha

However, Sri Lankan Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva says any decision must be mindful of Sri Lanka's historically poor reputation for appointing and then swiftly dismissing coaches.

De Silva said sports minister Harin Fernando had made the request in writing, and that the cricket board are subsequently legally required to carry it out.

"But we know this is a complex problem because we are dealing with professionals," de Silva said.

"We know Sri Lanka has a bad reputation (and) that we have hired and fired coaches over the past so many years. We know our responsibilities, but we also can't go against the minister's recommendations."

He said contractual obligations with the coaches must also be respected and a final decision on the matter will be taken by the board's executive committee.

Hathurusingha was hired in 2017 after a successful stint with Bangladesh but Sri Lanka were eliminated in the group stage at the World Cup after winning only three of nine games.

This development is the latest in a string of issues currently plaguing the proud cricketing nation.

In the lead up to the World Cup, Wide World of Sports revealed systemic issues in Sri Lanka's cricketing setup exposed an ugly underbelly, underscored by in-fighting, cultural issues and a breakdown in communication from the top to the bottom of their hierarchical chain of command.

With political issues stalling the progress of the national side, and with Hathurusingha's impending dismissal, Sri Lanka's cricket landscape remains a far-cry from their heyday of the early 2000s.

Sri Lanka's cricket turmoil shows no sign of slowing down.

Following a tumultuous build up to the cricket World Cup, and an early exit from the tournament, officials have now announced that Sri Lanka's sports minister has asked the cricket board to replace the coaching staff, currently headed by Chandika Hathurusingha.

Incredibly, Sri Lanka has had 11 coaches, including interim appointments, between 2011 and 2017.

Chandika Hathurusingha

However, Sri Lankan Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva says any decision must be mindful of Sri Lanka's historically poor reputation for appointing and then swiftly dismissing coaches.

De Silva said sports minister Harin Fernando had made the request in writing, and that the cricket board are subsequently legally required to carry it out.

"But we know this is a complex problem because we are dealing with professionals," de Silva said.

"We know Sri Lanka has a bad reputation (and) that we have hired and fired coaches over the past so many years. We know our responsibilities, but we also can't go against the minister's recommendations."

He said contractual obligations with the coaches must also be respected and a final decision on the matter will be taken by the board's executive committee.

Hathurusingha was hired in 2017 after a successful stint with Bangladesh but Sri Lanka were eliminated in the group stage at the World Cup after winning only three of nine games.

This development is the latest in a string of issues currently plaguing the proud cricketing nation.

In the lead up to the World Cup, Wide World of Sports revealed systemic issues in Sri Lanka's cricketing setup exposed an ugly underbelly, underscored by in-fighting, cultural issues and a breakdown in communication from the top to the bottom of their hierarchical chain of command.

With political issues stalling the progress of the national side, and with Hathurusingha's impending dismissal, Sri Lanka's cricket landscape remains a far-cry from their heyday of the early 2000s.

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