Sri Lankan coaching staff set to be axed

The Sri Lanka national team will have a new Head Coach very soon. According to the highly placed sources in Colombo, the decision to hire new head coach, batting coach and bowling coach have already been taken.

“Hathurusingha will be replaced and a new coach, a foreigner, will be hired”, the source, speaking exclusively, said.

The source also revealed that either Mickey Arthur, whose contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is over after their World Cup is over, is in the race, along with Paul Farbrace, who has also worked with the Sri Lankan team in the past.

Andy Flower is likely to be the batting coach, whereas Chaminda Vaas (now working with the junior team), may be the new bowling coach for the senior team.
ncidentally, Hathrurusingha may be hired by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) again. Hathu is believed to have had talks with a few Bangladeshi players.

There’s likely to be a change at the top level and selectors are also likely to lose their jobs. “Ashantha de Mel may be retained, but many changes are on the card There may be few additional names as full-time selectors”.

“The sports minister, Harin Fernando is considering to invite Mahela Jayawardene to head the cricket committee and he will be empowered to take cricket-related decisions like selecting the selectors etc. This may happen after August 15 as Mahela is set to leave for Canada where Global T-20 is to be played after the World Cup.

Interestingly, Asanka Gurusinha, the High-Performance Manager is also set to be axed. He may be replaced by a high-profile coach Dav Whatmore. Dav Whatmore, who was Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning coach in 1996 has worked with the Pakistan and Bangladesh national teams. He may be hired to spot talents in the country.

He is at presently associated with India’s Kerala Ranji Trophy team. His three-year term is getting over this year. Besides this, he has a three-month notice clause in his contract. (Courtesy bdcrictime)

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