BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan said they are waiting for the return of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. Akram informed that Hathurusingha is expected to come to Dhaka within few days for discussion with the BCB.
Confusion and uncertainty surrounding Hathurusingha’s resignation have paved the way for a lot of talks and discussions in the Bangladesh cricket arena in recent weeks.
“We are still confused about Hathurusingha’s return. He is supposed to return within one or two days. We are waiting for his return. Some people are saying he might join with Sri Lanka or may stay in Australia. But the fact is whatever answer we get from Hathurusingha will be final. So we are waiting to sit with him when he returns,” Akram said to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.
“There is no such discussion regarding the alternate coach yet as we have not discussed with Hathurusingha so far. If he does not want to continue with us then we will think about alternatives. In that case we might need some time to find a world class coach. In that regard, a local coach can take over the national team. But we will definitely try to bring a very good coach,” he added.
Akram also stated that if Hathurusingha wants to leave then BCB will try to convince him to stay on for at least the next series. Bangladesh will play a tri-nation ODI series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka this January. Following that, Bangladesh will play a T20I series, and then a Test series against Sri Lanka at home.
“If Hathurusingha decides to leave us, then we will try to convince him to stay at least for the upcoming Sri Lanka series. Actually it depends how the discussion goes with him. Our CEO (Nizamuddin Chowdhury) had a talk with him. Probably he will come within two-three days,” he concluded.