Sri Lanka's cricket board Wednesday announced it was in talks to hire Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha subject to him securing a full release from his current contractual obligations.
Sri Lanka Cricket said its chief Thilanga Sumathipala wrote to his Bangladesh counterpart Nazmul Hassan expressing a desire to hire Sri Lanka-born Hathurusingha.
The board said it would offer the 49-year-old the position of head coach "subject to the full release of his contractual obligations" with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
"There is no doubt that Hathuru (Hathurusingha) would be a great fit for us with the direction of both our short and long term goals," Sumathipala said in a statement.
"I have written personally to the BCB informing him of our intention (to hire Hathurusingha)."
Hathurusingha had said earlier this month that he was stepping down from the Bangladesh team after a disastrous tour of South Africa.
However, there was no word from the Bangladesh board if they had agreed for him to prematurely end his contract and join the team of his native Sri Lanka.