Hathuru’s resignation stuns all

Mahmud ready to take over, if given chance

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 11,2017

 
 

Bangladesh Premier League franchise Dhaka Dynamites coach Khaled Mahmud is seen during a training session at the National Academy Cricket ground in Mirpur on Friday. — New Age photo

The resignation of Bangladesh national team head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe created a buzz among the current and former officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board as they claimed that they were stunned by the sudden decision of the former Sri Lankan international.
BCB officials on Thursday confirmed about Hathurusinghe’s resignation amid reports of his taking the charge of Sri Lankan national team.
It was also known that the BCB received Hathurusinghe’s resignation letter in October during national team’s recent tour of South Africa but they were still unable to talk with him regarding the issue.
BCB director and former skipper Khaled Mahmud was surprised by Hathurusinghe’s decision but confirmed that he was yet to reveal the reason behind his sudden approach.
‘It was a surprise for me. I went to South Africa and stayed there for five days and there were no talks regarding the issue,’ Mahmud said to reporters on Friday.
‘It is not sure whether he will come or not. As far as I know, he has submitted his resignation. But he has not revealed the reason behind the decision.’
Mahmud, who was an assistant to Hathurusinghe, the current coach of Dhaka Dynamites and Abahani Limited showed his interest to train the national side if the cricket authority gave him the responsibility.
‘I have heard about my name from someone today [Friday]. But I’m not sure about it. I think it will take time. The matter will be discussed in the board meeting. We’ll try to get a good coach.
‘I have come this far after facing lot of challenges. When I was appointed skipper of the national team, I had to stabilise my weak team.
‘I have been performing as a coach for many years. I was also the assistant coach of the national side. I don’t think it’s a difficult thing.
‘I’m not sure whether I would get the responsibility or not but if get it then I would try to perform the duties properly. I think I’m fully ready at this moment,’ said a confident Mahmud.
Former national team chief selector Faruk Ahmed described the way of Hathurusinghe’s resignation as an unprofessional act and he claimed that it might not a good thing for Bangladesh cricket.
‘It is quite normal that the foreign coaches will come but they will not stay in here for forever. The way he submitted his resignation letter was not a professional one,’ said Faruk on Friday.
‘He had a contract with the board until 2019. I think Bangladesh Cricket Board has done well as he [Hathurusinghe] was provided with a lot of facilities. But I think if he disclosed it earlier, it would have been better for us.
‘Our board president [Nazmul Hasan] has told that he would try for one last time, but if he is not successful to change his mind then they would look for another. Such kind of leave is not good for us,’ he added. 

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