All is not well: Tensions between Hathu and Rixon
By Bipin Dani
On Monday Sri Lanka’s both- head coach (Chandika Hathurusingha) and fielding coach (Steve Rixon)- returned with the other members of the team to Colombo after their last World Cup match against India. The same night both have returned to Sydney but chose to fly different airlines.
“Yes, the head coach went by a Singapore Airlines, whereas, Rixon went to Sydney by a Malaysian airlines”, a very senior official confirmed to this Reporter.
The reason ? There can be a different reason for catching different airlines but they are not in good terms, it is learnt here.
“Rixon is not happy with the coaching methods adopted by the head coach. He would not say so in public but had expressed his displeasure to a few members of the support staff”, the source added.
“Rixon’s contract with the SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) board was only up to the World Cup and there was no reason for him to stay in Colombo”.
It is not confirmed whether he would rejoin the squad for the series against Bangladesh. Possibly he may wait till the fate of Hathurusingha is decided.
In case Rixon is unavailable for the next assignment, Manoj Abeywickrema may be asked to take over.
Abeywickrema had joined the World Cup squad with the extra players and he had Rixon were looking after the players fielding.
Hathrusingha has returned to Australia, where his family is based. “He has taken a break for few days and is scheduled to arrive only on July 18 (provided he is to continue with the team, it seems unlikely at the moment), a day before the training sessions start for the team to get ready for the home series against Bangladesh.
In the meantime, Harin Fernando, the sports minister is scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday. More explosive news not ruled out.
Sri Lanka will play three ODIs’ at R. Premadasa Stadium on July 26, 28 and 31.