10 things to know about Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha
#3 Accomplished cricketer who arrived at the wrong time
Hathurusingha’s coaching credentials have been well established by now, but the 48-year-old was an accomplished cricketer at the first-class level as well with more than 10,000 runs and 425 wickets to his name from 207 matches.
He had a successful domestic career for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club and Moors Sports Club but Sri Lanka’s strength in depth in the batting department during his time meant that Hathurusingha couldn’t find much success at the international level which was restricted to 26 Test matches and 35 ODIs.
His last international appearance came in 1999 and he retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 2004-05 season but continued playing T20 cricket for one more season.
#4 He was fired from his post as Sri Lanka’s assistant coach
Hathurusingha began his coaching career with the United Arab Emirates in December 2005 before being appointed as the coach of the Sri Lankan A side a year later. He served in the post for three years before being named assistant to Sri Lankan national team head coach Trevor Bayliss in 2009.
However, the appointment turned out to be a short-lived one as he was dismissed by the Sri Lankan cricket board on disciplinary grounds in June 2010 after he returned early from a tour of Zimbabwe to attend a coaching course in Australia.