Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusinha may have failed to live up to the expectations of his team’s followers, but he has done what his predecessors had failed to do by exposing his employer’s political duplicity irrespective of Sports Minister Harin Fernando’s directive to have him replaced.
Hathurusinha disregarded his swashbuckling employer Sri Lanka Cricket and snubbed its secretary Mohan de Silva in front of the media declaring he knew nothing about moves to have him stand down from his job which according to his contract runs up to December 2020.
“I only heard about it (to replace me) just now (6 pm, July 22, 2019),” said Hathurusinha, almost a week after Minister Fernando publicly conveyed to Sri Lanka Cricket and also issued a directive that he wants the coaches to be replaced.
Hathurusinha made the remarks in the presence of De Silva while both men were present to launch the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.
If Hathurusinha were to step down, Sri Lanka Cricket cannot overlook the fact that legally he’ll be entitled to receive a payment of more than Rs.100 million for the rest of his contract that is 17 months away from expiring according to reported calculations of his entitlements.
De Silva did not disclose why Hathurusinha was not officially told of the Minister’s order to have him replaced other than say they were to meet and look into the matter.
“We are dealing with professionals and there are Contractual obligations. We have had a bad reputation for hiring and firing coaches and we have to settle this in the right way,” De Silva said.
Following below par performances by the team before the World Cup, Hathuruisnha was stripped of some of his clout that included player selections.
But on that count Hathurusinha could find himself as the convenient scapegoat after head Selector Ashantha de Mel ran the show before and during the World Cup while the team was soundly beaten by New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and India and failed to enter the semi finals.