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Sri Lanka to appoint new head coach?

[caption id="attachment_57968" align="aligncenter" width="580"]A13T2017 Chandika Hathurusingha might become the new head coach of Sri Lanka. File Pic[/caption]

Internet Desk: Sri Lanka Cricket board is trying to hire former Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha to look after the national team ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup, said the sources on Wednesday.

Hathurusingha, stepped down from his post as the coach of Bangladesh national cricket team after his team’s poor show in South Africa.

After that it is in news that he might take the post of the head coach of Sri Lanka Cricket team which is vacant since Graham Ford quit from the post in June.

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara declined to comment on the talks but said he hoped the former Test player would take on the job.

"I (would) certainly welcome Hathurusingha to prepare our team for the next World Cup," Jayasekara told reporters in Colombo.

"But I don't want to say anything about the discussions that are taking place."

Under Hathurusingha, perennial minnows Bangladesh made rapid strides in world cricket, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy tournament in England this year.

But he came in for criticism during Bangladesh's recent tour of South Africa, where the team failed to register a single win.

Hathurusingha played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs for Sri Lanka before becoming the assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss, a job he lost in 2010.

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