Chandika Hathurusingha’s disenchantment with the Bangladesh team led to his resignation midway through the South Africa tour in October.The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan made this statement after meeting the now former Bangladesh head coach in Dhaka, where he arrived there yesterday (09) to tie up loose ends in his workplace of three years.
Hathurusingha, Hassan said, was particularly frustrated with the board allowing Shakib Al Hasan to rest during the Test series against South Africa.
Hassan said that there were several other issues, apart from what transpired in South Africa, which added up to the coach’s decision to quit.
“He is very disappointed with the South Africa tour,” Hassan said.
“The type of cricket, the mentality, everything. He said he couldn’t believe the cricket Bangladesh played during the tour. He had problem with the cricketers’ mentality. For example, he didn’t agree with the fact that Shakib didn’t go to play the Test series. What he said was, ‘Why won’t he play such an important series for the team?’
“There were several other issues which we didn’t address at the time. There was a communication gap. So putting it all together, he felt that he didn’t have much more to give to this team. He gave what he could, [but felt now] that he should leave this team. He felt that Bangladesh won’t be going forward the way it was moving.”
News of Hathurusingha’s resignation broke ten days after the team had returned home from South Africa. Later in the day, Hassan confirmed, the BCB had accepted his decision.
On Friday (08) Sri Lanka Cricket announced that SLC will appoint Hathurusingha as Head Coach for a 3-year period.
His 1st assignment will be Bangladesh which starts later this monmth.
Several hours after arriving in Dhaka, Hathurusingha met with the BCB top brass that included president Hassan, CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury and directors Ismail Haider Mallick, Khaled Mahmud and Akram Khan.
Hassan said that Hathurusingha is in the process of submitting a report on the South Africa tour, but that he had already told the BCB of his views on the future of the Bangladesh team.
“He spoke particularly about issues that will help take Bangladesh cricket forward. He told us about the things we need to do, avoid, and look into in order to take the next step in our progress.
“He even said, when talking about a cricketer, that ‘you supported him for 10 years and he also gave you a lot. Now if you take action against him, it will not solve anything. You have to get the best out of him’. He said that if we can climb over mental barriers, Bangladesh can do a lot better.”