Hathurusingha joined Sri Lanka as head coach this month after resigning from Bangladesh. He is currently making a pool of 23 players practice ahead of the Bangladesh tour.
Sri Lanka recently lost series across formats to India. With their performances being below average in recent years, Hathurusingha is asking help from legendary Sri Lankan cricketers.
“I will get Kumar Sangakkara’s expertise and invite him to come and help us. If I don’t look for his help, then I will be wasting this opportunity I’ve been given,” said Hathurusingha.
“Not only him, but other past players such as Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan will also hopefully be working with us. We will definitely try and get as much expertise out of them. Whenever they have the time, and depending on what our needs are, we will definitely be utilising them as a resource.”
Hathurusingha’s men will be facing Bangladesh at their own backyard. The Tigers won one Test, ODI and T20I against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka this year under him. Zimbabwe also handed 3-2 ODI series loss to SL. The Lankan coach is taking the tour as a challenge.
“It’s going to be a challenge, because we’re not performing to our capabilities and Bangladesh have been very strong at home in the last two years. So it’s going to be a challenge for us, and then Zimbabwe are also on the way up and doing well. So I think we can expect a good competition,” he explained.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com