Hathurusingha new Bangladesh coach

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Former Sri Lanka batsman Chandika Hathurusingha has been named as Bangladesh's new head coach.

Former Sri Lanka batsman Chandika Hathurusingha has been named as Bangladesh's new head coach.

Hathurusingha played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs between February 1991 and March 1999 – and has since gathered a successful career as assistant coach of New South Wales – and Sydney Thunder head coach.

New South Wales won Australia's premier first-class competition last season, while the Thunder franchise finished stone last in the eight-team 2014 Big Bash League standings.

"I must thank Chandika for the dedication and commitment to detail that he put in with the Sydney Thunder last season. He is an excellent coach who has received a tremendous opportunity to take on a role at international level," said Thunder general manager Nick Cummins.

"With his departure comes opportunity and we will be conducting a worldwide search to find the best possible replacement to take on the role. We are speaking with some high-profile players at the moment and finding the best possible coach to work with them will be a priority."

The 45-year-old Hathurusingha's predecessor Shane Jurgensen was recently hired as the new head coach of Fiji.

Jurgensen ended a lengthy tenure with Bangladesh, which was highlighted by an ODI series win over New Zealand in October 2013, earlier this year.

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