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Chandika Hathurusingha appointed Sri Lanka cricket team head coach

Chandika Hathurusingha was appointed Sri Lanka cricket team head coach and he will replace Trevor Bayliss on December 20.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 08, 2017 19:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Colombo
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Chandika Hathurusingha will take over the position of Sri Lanka cricket team head coach from December 20.(REUTERS)

Chandika Hathurusingha has been appointed as Sri Lanka cricket team head coach with effect from December 20, the country’s cricket board SLC announced in Colombo on Friday.

“Hathurusinghe rejoins Sri Lanka Cricket after previous stints as head coach of the Sri Lanka A team (2006-2009) and shadow coach of the national team (2009-2010),” a SLC release said.

SLC had negotiated his release from Bangladesh where he was head coach and was credited for the team’s good showing. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka at home under Hathurusinghe’s tutelage.

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Sri Lanka have been looking for a permanent head coach since the departure of Graham Ford in June.

Hathurusinghe, who played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs, was appointed assistant coach to Trevor Bayliss.

He is expected to coach Sri Lanka to the 2019 World Cup in England.

First Published: Dec 08, 2017 19:52 IST