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Sri Lanka appoint Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach

Chandika Hathurusingha returns to the Sri Lankan setup
Chandika Hathurusingha returns to the Sri Lankan setup

Sri Lanka have confirmed former opening batsman Chandika Hathurusingha as their new head coach.

The 49-year-old has previously worked with Sri Lanka A team and as an assistant to Trevor Bayliss when he was in charge of the Sri Lankan team but was fired in 2010 for disciplinary reasons.

After stints with Canada and New South Wales, Hathurusingha took over from Shane Jurgensen as the head coach of Bangladesh and went on to become one of the most successful to be involved with the Asian country as they registered wins over India, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and England.

Bangladesh even went on to register Test wins against Australia and England under Hathurusingha to become a formidable team at home but announced his resignation in October.

“Sri Lanka Cricket today announced that subsequent to successful discussions, and upon the unanimous approval of the Executive Committee on 6th December 2017, Chandika Hathurusingha will be appointed as the Head Coach of the Sri Lanka National Team, and will assume duties from the 20th December 2017,” the board said in a statement.

Hathurusingha will join the Sri Lankan team ahead of their Twenty20 International series against India that begins on 20th December.

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