The decision of Chandika Hathurusingha to resign from his post as the Tigers head coach surprised many people related with Bangladesh cricket. Several cricketers from the national team, former officials and players and BCB officials expressed shock regarding the decision Friday.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan Thursday informed in a press conference that they will not force Hathurusingha to stay. As a result, many are starting to wonder as to who will be appointed coach as the all-important 2019 50-over World Cup is fast approaching.
Seven BPL 2017 franchises practised in Mirpur’s Academy Ground Friday where several players and officials shared their thoughts on Hathurusingha’s resignation. Below is a compilation of their reaction:
Khaled Mahmud, Bangladesh team manger
I am very surprised. I went to South Africa with the Bangladesh team. I stayed there for five days. I heard nothing about it. I have a very good relation with him. We have worked together for about two and a half years. He did not tell me anything while I was in South Africa with the team. I believe Hathurusingha has a lot of contributions in Bangladesh cricket. BCB may discuss with him about his decision. Let’s see what happens. But if anyone wants to go then we can’t hold him back forcefully.
Nurul Hasan, Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman
If a coach leaves us, then the coach replacing him will be qualified as well. The BCB will decide whether it will be a local or international coach. Besides that, we have senior players like Mashrafe [bin Mortaza] bhai, Shakib [al Hasan] bhai, Mushfiqur [Rahim] bhai, Tamim [Iqbal] bhai and [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai. They will handle the situation about the new coach and all that. Whoever comes, we the players will try to help him to bring positive results to Bangladesh cricket.
Soumya Sarkar, Bangladesh opener
Actually I heard the news [Thursday]. At first I thought it was not that serious. But when the BCB president said the news, then I realised that the situation is serious. Personally I feel bad as he was a good coach. And he took care of me personally.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Bangladesh all-rounder
The decision came as a surprise. I was not sure about the news. I heard it [Thursday]. He handled the team pretty well. Why he wants to leave, only he can explain better. We were in the South Africa tour for more than a month. We never felt in the tour that the coach will leave soon. I think the decision came all of a sudden. He was a good coach. As he was with the team for a significant amount of time, it was a good time for all of us.
Faruk Ahmed, former Bangladesh national chief selector
Foreign coaches will come and go. But the way the resignation was submitted, that was not professional. Because he had a contract with the board till the 2019 World Cup. I believe the BCB has given everything to him like salaries, facilities, control and power, among other things. It is natural that a coach will not stay forever. But this resignation should have been informed earlier. But anyways we have to think forward.
Shahriar Nafees, Bangladesh cricketer
Cricket is such a game where time waits for none. Chandika was working well and his success rate was good too. But if doesn’t want to continue, and if he feels that there are complications with his deal, then he might as well can leave. It is not like there will be no coach if he’s not here. Of course someone will take up the responsibility. I wish him well. I hope Bangladesh will continue in their way. Under his stewardship, Bangladesh were playing well. But, it is the cricketers who go out on the field. Whatever success he has achieved was actually a blueprint of the BCB. Since the BCB will continue existing, so will the cricketers. I don’t think Bangladesh cricket will be affected due to one individual.