BCB confirms coach Hathurusingha wants to resign

Chandika Hathurusingha

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has confirmed that he received a letter from Chandika Hathurusingha saying that he does not wish to continue in his role as head coach of the national team.

It is rumoured that Hathurusingha is being pursued by his home country Sri Lanka for their head coaching position, which has been vacant since Graham Ford resigned in June.

The Tigers recently arrived home after being battered in all three formats on a tour to South Africa and now the BCB president has come out and said the coach would like to part ways.

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Hasan said: “I received a letter from him saying that he does not want to continue. I cannot remember exactly when it was, but it was definitely before the ODI series (in South Africa), before October 15.

“We cannot keep someone who does not want to stay. Yes, we will talk to him later this month and see if there is something that can be done.”

Hassan also said he was not surprised that Hathurusingha wanted to resign especially after all the criticism he received from the Bangladesh media.

The BCB president alluded to the fact the coach got criticised whether the team won or lost.

Hassan told reporters: “Maybe I would have done the same thing if I was in his place. Whether the team is winning or losing, he is being criticized.

“I think all of you will be happy if he goes, but it would have been good if he stayed longer.”

If Hathurusingha does end up leaving his position, it will bring to an end a tenure that lasted over three years and oversaw substantial growth by the Bangladesh side, especially in ODI cricket.

In major tournaments, Bangladesh made the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup and the semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. They had also defeated India, Pakistan and South Africa in home bilateral series.