HATHURUSINGHA OR A NEW COACH?
Mashrafe Mortaza urged BCB to reach a quick conclusion regarding head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s assignment. © Getty
Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza opined on Wednesday (November 15) that the management needs to come to a quick conclusion regarding head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s contract as the team will then need to adapt if a new coach has to take over.
Bangladesh Cricket Board is believed to be making one last attempt to continue with Hathurusingha, who sent a letter in October expressing his wish to resign, without revealing any specific reasons for the same.
Hathurusingha, whose contract runs until 2019 World Cup, is expected to arrive in Dhaka within a couple of days to complete his resignation formalities and chances of him reconsidering the decision remain slim at this point in time.
BCB is yet to accept his resignation but there already are several speculations about his successor in case he doesn’t continue as the head coach.
“If there is a change we need to accept it quickly. Naturally we were used to the way how he (Hathurusingha) planned, after playing under him for the last three years,” Mortaza told reporters at Mirpur on Wednesday.
“If he stays back then Alhamdulillah [God’s kind] but if he is not around, we need to make adjustment(s) with our new coach quickly as 2019 World Cup is not far away,” noted the ODI skipper.
“We have few away tours in 2018 and that is important [too] as far as the World Cup is concerned,” he said.
The 34-year-old added that he is ready to play under anyone and doesn’t believe a local coach will be a bad choice either, if that turns out to be the case. The veteran pace bowler also conceded that there’s a dearth of quality head coaches around the world.
Khaled Mahmud, who has been closely involved with Bangladesh cricket having worked with both Hathurusingha and Jamie Siddons, is considered to be one of the frontrunners if BCB opt for an interim head coach.
“We don’t know whether there will be any local [head] coach because it is not confirmed that Hathurusingha is leaving. If that [local coach] is chosen, we will play under him without any problem as we are ready to accept anything that BCB decide,” Mortaza added.
“There was Sarwar [Imran] Sir at one point while Sujon [Khaled Mahmud] bhai was Jamie Siddons’s assistant, so it won’t be a big deal. We can adapt with anyone who joins us,” he noted.
Also, Mortaza doesn’t think BCB would discuss with them [players] before appointing the new coach as that has not been the tradition followed in Bangladesh.
“During the last 16 to 17 years at least, I don’t remember we were consulted [by BCB] before appointing any new coach. I don’t think we need to be discussed in this regard as our duty is to perform in the ground and play according to the plan of the person in charge, so it is not a big matter who is joining,” Mortaza believed.
“I am sure BCB will think and consider everything before appointing someone.”