Hathurusingha ponders Sri Lanka job

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Former opening batsman Chandika Hathurusingha has expressed interest in applying for the job of Sri Lankan head coach.

Former opening batsman Chandika Hathurusingha has expressed interest in applying for the job of Sri Lankan 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 am thoroughly enjoying what I have here in Australia, but just like players want to play for their own country, coaches also would love to work with their own country," said Hathurusingha.

"Working with Sri Lanka is something I would never say never to. I have played and worked with a lot of the players before, and I've kept in touch with them as well. I know what the set-up is like."

Erstwhile captain Marvan Atapattu has been appointed coach for the ongoing tour of Ireland and England, after predecessor Paul Farbrace resigned earlier this year after achieving resounding success in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20. Atapattu, however, isn't likely to retain the position in a permanent capacity.

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