Chandika Hathurusingha. Photo: The Age
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officially appointed former Sri Lankan Test batsman Chandika Hathurusingha as the new head coach of the Bangladesh cricket team.
Hathurusingha has been announced as the successor to Shane Jurgensen, who had suddenly resigned from the post without completing his contract, which was till 2015 World Cup.
The board has signed a two-year deal with the 45-year-old coach -- who played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1991 and 1999 -- starting from July 1, 2014 but the Sri Lankan fondly known as Hathuru agreed to join the team before the three-match ODI series against India at home next month.
Hathurusingha is likely to arrive in Dhaka on June 10 to guide the Tigers in the series starting on June 15.
Hathurusingha left his position as assistant coach of New South Wales to take the helm of the Tigers and this will be his first stint as head coach of a Test side.
With Hathurusingha’s appointment, BCB has employed nine foreign coaches since Bangladesh’s ascension to Test status in 2000.
Unfortunately, the last three -- Stuart Law, Richard Pybus and Jurgensen -- resigned without completing their contracts.
The BCB also appointed another Sri Lankan, Mario Villavarayan, as the strength and conditioning coach of the national side.