Hassan: Hathurusingha submitted resignation during tour of South Africa

Chandika Hathurusingha resign Bangladesh cricket

Chandika Hathurusingha is set to step down as Bangladesh’s head coach

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has revealed that head coach Chandika Hathurusingha sent a letter stating that he wanted to resign during the national team’s recently concluded tour of South Africa.

Hassan added that there was no reason given for why Hathurusingha wanted to step down from the position, but both parties found themselves in a similar position in August last year when Hathurusingha was presented with the opportunity to become Sri Lanka’s head coach.

“He gave me a letter in the first week of October, possibly after the second Test [against South Africa] and definitely before October 15,” Hassan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “He didn’t specifically mention a reason, so I can’t really say what has happened before I can speak to him. He said he is no longer interested.

“He had an offer from Sri Lanka last year; the country’s president had called him to give him the proposal. He showed me offers from other countries. But now I am unable to say why he is leaving – whether it is a better offer, family reasons or something else that is bothering him.”

Hassan also confirmed that Hathurusingha has cut all contact with the BCB, barring one phone call, in which he reportedly said that he would be travelling to Dhaka later this month.

“We felt it was not appropriate to speak about this [resignation letter] during a series,” Hassan said. “I think we got him once on the phone, and he said he is coming after November 15. But he hasn’t communicated with us since.

“If someone doesn’t want to stay, what will we do with his notice period? What we can say is that he is a professional. Suddenly he gives us a letter and is sitting quietly in Australia. It is quite unusual. He lets us know if something is bothering him but during the [South Africa] series, he didn’t communicate with us.”

While the reason for Hathurusingha’s desire to resign remains unknown, rumours are rife that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are once again offering him the position of head coach.

Furthermore, Hassan revealed that the 49-year-old was unhappy with some of the comments the players made about him while speaking to the media.

“[Hathurusingha] was hurt by things said about him by a couple of cricketers,” the BCB president said. “I wasn’t in South Africa but if he felt that they are not listening to him, why would he run the team? I am just giving an example. It might be a reason [for his resignation letter], although there might be a personal reason too.

“He didn’t mention the media in the past but he used to say why do the players say such things in the media? I sat with him and the players a number of times, asking them why they lie in the media.”

When asked if money was the reason behind Hathurusingha’s decision to submit a letter of resignation, Hassan said: “I am sure it has nothing to do with bargaining. Money isn’t an issue.”

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