Former Sri Lanka Test batsman Chandika Hathurusingha has been the most-discussed name since the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) started their search for a new head coach of the national cricket team following the sudden departure of Shane Jurgensen.
The name of the 45-year old coach, who is now working in Australia as an assistant coach of New South Wales, has cropped up in almost all the local media as the most probable candidate for the post and he is most likely to take over charge of the Tigers for the next two years if everything goes according to BCB's plan.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon told reporters yesterday that they will finalise the appointment of the new coach next Monday but were yet to take a final decision despite the fact that a leading Bengali newspaper on Friday confirmed Hathurusingha's name as Jurgensen's successor.
But there is a good chance that the former Sri Lanka batsman, who played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs between 1991 and 1999, will take the helm before next month's three-match ODI series against India at home.
Papon was diplomatic when asked about the disclosure of the name by saying that they have two names in hand. “We are yet to finalise anybody. I have got some information today. Two candidates are interested to come but there are some financial and other issues. I hope we can take the decision by Monday,” said Papon, who had to preside over an unpleasant discussion in yesterday's board meeting about how Hathurusingha's name was disclosed to the media from a board director.
When asked whether the disclosure could have a negative effect in finalising the deal with the new coach, Papon said: “As far as we know, so far (he) was positive but don't know what will happen now.”