Chandika Hathurusingha    AFP
Chandika Hathurusingha AFP

Sri Lanka have suffered their worst cricketing year after 1987. They have suffered 3 whitewashes in ODIs, lost series to Zimbabwe, failed to make it to the knockouts of 2017 Champions Trophy and their miseries don’t seem to be ending. They have lost 23 out of their 29 ODIs this year. Sri Lanka finds hope in Chandika Hathurusingha, who has been appointed as the national coach earlier this month.

The former Sri Lankan all-rounder sees opportunity in the camp despite the humiliating defeats. Sri Lanka sank to a new low on Wednesday when they handed India their biggest T20I victory (93-run) at Cuttack.

“It will not be pressure but an opportunity. I am proud to take this opportunity to coach my own country to maximise the potential that we see from outside,” said the 49-year-old.

Hathurusingha also said he would streamline the selection process could revive the fortunes. Sri Lanka next travel to Bangladesh. Hathurusingha recently resigned after a relatively successful stint as the head coach of Bangladesh and therefore his inputs should help Sri Lanka. Bangladesh, earlier this year, won a Test and ODI against Sri Lanka at the latter’s home.

The Sri Lanka post had been vacant since South African Graham Ford quit in June. The fielding coach Nic Pothas filled the position in the interim. Meanwhile, Hathurusingha’s contract with Bangladesh was till 2019 World Cup. He was one of the world’s highest-paid coaches pocketing US$ 40,000 a month.

(Inputs from AFP)