Chandika Hathurusingha’s resignation as the head coach of team Bangladesh to join his native team Sri Lanka found ample resistance within BCB at its early stages. However, they could not stop the coach to leave the team for Sri Lanka. Presently, Hathurusingha is mentoring team Sri Lanka as the head coach, with a heavy responsibility of reviving the form of the slackened side. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is trying to add a solace to the burn. Presently, interim coach of the team, Richard Halsall, commented that the sudden resignation of the head coach would not impact the team’s performance at all.
Halsall said that Bangladesh has enough resource to handle the team. Specially for the upcoming tri-nation series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, the interim coach is quite hopeful. Halsall was the working as a deputy to coach Hathurusingha. He is now appointed as the interim head-coach of the team. He was asked several questions in a recent press meet regarding the stance of Bangladesh without its head coach.
The interim coach consoled that Bangladesh will play against team Sri Lanka, not against Hathurusingha. He said it is always ‘good players’ that win cricket, irrespective of a coach and he is certain that Bangladesh has good players. He also added, now players will have better freedom to express themselves without the head coach. Halsall highlighted senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Tamim Iqbal as excellent and the prime bets. He said, they would be more involved in the game now.
Highlighting the earlier defeat in South Africa, Halsall said that Hathurusingha’s strategies did not work in the tour. He believes that players should be reminded of their strengths while touring for foreign tournaments. The coach said, players should concentrate on their strengths. Halsall emphasized on the form of Bangladesh players as ‘exceptional’ and they are ‘very good at’ their own specialties.
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