Bangladesh news May 19, 2014

Hathurusingha named Bangladesh coach


The BCB has appointed Chandika Hathurusingha, the former Sri Lanka batsman, as Bangladesh's head coach for a two-year period. He has left his position as the assistant coach of New South Wales and coach of Sydney Thunder, and is expected to arrive in Dhaka on June 10. This will be his first stint as head coach of an international side.

"The two-year agreement has been finalised with Chandika Hathurusingha," BCB president Nazmul Hassan told reporters. "Although the agreement begins on July 1 this year, since we are playing against India next month, we are hoping he will arrive by June 10.

"We had a few alternatives apart from Chandika Hathurusingha. The first reason to choose him is his knowledge of subcontinental conditions. Plus he has worked in Australia and with the World Cup coming up, this is a good combination for us. Hathurusingha is among high-profile coaches from around the world, as far as I am concerned."

He has had experience at the helm of both New South Wales, in the latter half of the 2012-13 season, and Sydney Thunder. New South Wales won the Sheffield Shield in March, their first domestic title since 2008. His tactical acumen was highly acclaimed during his tenure as shadow coach with the Sri Lankan team but a disciplinary issue had terminated his association with the side in 2010.

Hathurusingha replaces Shane Jurgensen who resigned as Bangladesh coach in April after completing 14 months of his two-year stint. A five-member special committee was put in charge to find new coaches to replace Jurgensen, trainer David Dwyer, batting and fielding coach Corey Richards and Richard McInnes, the head coach of the National Cricket Academy.

Dwyer has been replaced by Mario Villavarayan as the new strength and conditioning coach, although BCB is still in discussion with candidates for the role of fast bowling coach.

During the press conference, Hassan was asked about Chaminda Vaas as the potential bowling coach while ESPNcricinfo has learned that Champaka Ramanayake is also being approached by the BCB. Ramanayake used to be Bangladesh's bowling coach between 2008 and 2011. It was also understood that another former fast bowler is being approached for a short-term role.

"We have appointed Mario Villavarayan as the strength and conditioning coach, also for two years. He will join us by the fifth or sixth of June. We are also looking for specialist coaches, especially fast bowling, spin and fielding.

"We are trying to [appoint someone soon], but I don't think we will get everyone before the India series. We are communicating with them, because not all of them are full-time coaches, so we are trying to work out a time slot. We haven't gone too far in this regard, so we don't want to talk much about it," said Hassan.

Regarding Vaas, he said, "His [Vaas'] name is also there in the list for fast bowling coach. But we are talking elsewhere too."

Hathurusingha had expressed interest towards a role with Sri Lanka, who are also looking for a new head coach after Paul Farbrace agreed to become England's assistant coach.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    I think BCB should fulfill the requirements of coach. and help him instead of criticizing. BCB should concentrate into domestic cricket standard and better pitches in domestic circuit, strong school cricket and a cricket academy. BD needs a good cricket academy which can accommodate 500 students pick up all over BD. It will be good for BCB not organizing world cricket events instead use those money to spend on cricket development and cricket academy. Otherwise another 20 years and best coaches can not make any difference in term of improvement.

  • Kazi on May 22, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    BCB has Chosen the right man and they apointed him because He coached In Australia for two to three years and he is an Asian. His previous record doesn't qualify him to get $ 25000 ( TK 19,500,00) . Good luck to Chandika and Bangladesh national cricket team.

  • Shah on May 21, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    What i am seeing now is that Hathurusingha is over rated by SL'n fans...& it looks like BCB is over paying this new appointed SL'n coach because he is going to be an INT head coach for the very first time, so there should have been a contract or option of first observing the progress of BD cricket in a period of time with him & then after that come to this super BiG amount rather than jumping to this amount directly but yes as i said his reports says he is actually a good SL'n fans he could have been a best choice for SL national team coach but it doesn't mean he would be also really good for BD even though BD also have much talented players apart from national side...what BD needs really really to work on in their domestic infrastructure, fast bowling & mindsets…so I hope it covers as soon as possible…

  • associate cricket fan on May 20, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    I Hathurusinga is a good choice for BD. An asian coach will have a understanding with their neighborhood players.

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    For my dearest BD fans. You have good and talent players. But the main thing you players haven't good and strategic brain. See your team's pass records. Individually the have good talent. But they don't know how to play the game according to the situation. They try to hit 4 or 6 every ball. That is the only week this BD have. If Hathuru can fix this you will be a big fighter.

  • Sunil on May 19, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Good to see Asian teams going for locals or neigbours for guidance. Now all subcon teams bar India got Asian coaches. Nice they've come off that colonial mentality.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    This is a very astute appointment by the BCB. Hathurusinghe would already be the Head Coach of his country, if it weren't for the typical political game that blights Sri Lankan cricket. With regards to Vaas, Sri Lanka must do everything possible to retain him. He's worked wonders with Eranga, Pradeep and Lakmal. I hope he'll stay out of the BCB's clutches!

  • mohammad on May 19, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Funny to see how some people say under 19 teams needs a better coach more than the national team.It seems like under 19 team will play in the world cup.Shakib was not and will never be produced by a coach, same goes for Tendulkar too.Talent is inborn, you can shape it but not make it and you need a good coach to guide the national team under stressed situation.However, I doubt this coach's loyalty.When he was almost certain to come to BD, how come he said some news agencies of BD that he was never approached by BCB? He could say "No comment."

  • Dik on May 19, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    "Although the agreement begins on July 1 this year, since we are playing against India next month, we are hoping he will arrive by June 10." - The level of unprofessionalism! Good God! Why would a guy come a MONTH early to his work?? Why not appoint him from June 1st!?

    Anyways. Lets see how long he sticks around.

  • Ranil on May 19, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    This is another first by Sri Lanka;no other asian has become a coach of another Test side! Sri Lanka are leading the way.Although Dave (whatmore) was Sri Lankan he had immigrated to Aus when he was appointed.Kudos to Hathuru.I'm sure BD will benefit immensely from this appointment (unless he is in the running for the Sri Lankan post too).

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