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SLC president admits making Hathuru coach was a mistake

SLC president Shammi Silva addresses the media at Taj Samudra flanked by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.
SLC president Shammi Silva addresses the media at Taj Samudra flanked by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka Cricket president Shammi Silva admitted that appointing Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach of the national cricket team was a mistake.

“We didn’t want to change the coach because of the World Cup but we have found that we need to change. It is the media that made a loud noise to take Hathurusingha and it is the media that wants him out. We don’t take views from anyone. We looked at the performances of the team over the last 1½ years and we have taken the decision to remove him after viewing his performances,” said Silva at a media conference held at Taj Samudra yesterday.

“I was also in the Sri Lanka Cricket committee when Hathurusingha was recruited. Sometimes we may have made mistakes. If we are to take our cricket forward we must correct our mistakes. That’s what we are doing right now for the good of Sri Lanka cricket,” he said.

Silva said that SLC has handed Hathurusingha a letter and given him 14 days to reply after which they will take the necessary action.

“We take some of the best coaches in the world but if they don’t perform to expectations we have to deal with them. I was not there when Geoff March was paid a large sum of money after his contract was terminated. But in Hathurusingha’s case we have sort legal advice and going ahead,” said Silva.

“I can’t divulge any information because it is a legal matter. We have handed the matter to our lawyers because Hathurusinhga has a contract with us till 2020. We have asked our lawyers for advice how best we can sort this out. You will know in time to come what decisions we have taken,” he said. In the mean time SLC has appointed the team’s fast bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake as interim coach for the New Zealand series.

Ratnayake was interim coach for Sri Lanka’s home series against Australia in 2011.


 

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